Pinehurst, NC Custody Lawyers

Divorce isn’t easy, no matter what your reasons are! Untangling every aspect of your life from your spouse’s — the person you thought you’d spend forever with — is riddled with complications and important decisions. These intricacies are only amplified when there are children involved. It can be hard to create a custody arrangement while you yourself are battling a range of emotions as you restructure your life.

Try to remember that while this is incredibly difficult for you and your spouse, it’s just as hard for your children. Divorce essentially turns their world upside down. Their schedule changes, their time with each parent is divided, and they have to get used to bouncing between two homes. That’s why handling custody matters delicately is so crucial.

At Triangle Smart Divorce, our Pinehurst custody lawyers will put your children’s needs first. We are dedicated to doing everything we can to lessen the impact of divorce and custody on your children’s day-to-day life. Call now to request a consultation to discuss your options, rights, and more.

What Are The Different Types Of Custody?

In North Carolina, there are two types of custody: legal and physical.

Legal custody refers to which parent gets to make important decisions on their children’s behalf regarding their education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. We typically see parents sharing joint legal custody unless one parent has a history of neglect, substance abuse, or domestic violence.

Physical custody describes which parent the children will physically reside with the majority of the time. This responsibility can be shared jointly, or one parent can have sole physical custody.

Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to creating a custody arrangement. While it may be comforting to seek advice from friends or family who have been in a similar situation, what worked for them might not work for you. Our Pinehurst custody lawyer can provide invaluable guidance based on your family’s circumstances during this difficult transition.

We can also assist you with modifying your custody arrangement down the road if you, your co-parent, or your children experience a substantial change.

The Role Of Mediation In Custody

In North Carolina, attempting mediation for custody is a requirement unless there are extenuating circumstances where mediation wouldn’t be appropriate. Mediation is a collaborative process that will allow you and your co-parent to keep the decision-making power in your hands. This is better for your children, as no one knows them better than you do. Mediation also has the added benefits of being cost-effective and generally less stressful.

High-Conflict Custody

Although North Carolina’s family courts typically prefer both parents to play an active role in their children’s lives, this isn’t always feasible. With our experience in handling personality disorders and volatile relationships, we understand the daunting nature of high-conflict custody situations. If your co-parent is highly combative, physically or verbally abusive, neglectful, or has a history of substance abuse, we can protect your family.

Create The Best Path Forward For Your Family

If you and your spouse have made the decision to part ways and you need to create a custody arrangement that will ensure a stable environment for your children, the Pinehurst custody lawyers at Triangle Smart Divorce are here for you. We will explain your available options, advocate for your parental rights, and answer any questions that might be troubling you. We are not your typical cookie-cutter custody lawyers, so you aren’t going to receive generic advice from us, but rather guidance that is tailored to your specific goals. Call Triangle Smart Divorce today to request a consultation and learn how we can assist you in creating a plan for your family’s future.


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Frequently Asked Questions


A divorce lawyer may seem like an extra expense if both parties agree on the big decisions, but the details of a divorce can be complex and hard to navigate without an expert, and getting the agreement properly written ensures that everyone has the security and clarity they need to move forward with their lives. It’s better to do it right the first time than have to keep going back and fixing mistakes. And, in some cases, you may not be able to fix your mistakes.


You should ask a potential divorce lawyer about their prior experience with cases like yours, their approach to negotiations when couples reach a disagreement, and their personal success rate in arriving at a resolution through negotiation and/or mediation.


You cannot have one lawyer serve both parties in a divorce. This would be a conflict of interest. It’s incredibly important that each party feels their individual needs are represented and voiced, and that cannot be done with a single lawyer serving as the representative for both parties.

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