Sanford, NC Custody Lawyers

Creating a custody arrangement in the midst of divorce can bring up conflict that you may never have seen coming, especially if the rest of your separation was amicable. However, it’s completely normal for matters relating to your children to be sensitive, stirring up emotions and leading to unexpected disputes.

It’s important to remember that whatever you and your spouse might be feeling is likely amplified for your children. After all, your divorce is a disruption to life as they know it, and the next few months and even years are going to be as much of a transition for them as it is for you. That’s why it’s crucial to handle custody matters with care so that you can lessen the mental and emotional implications of divorce and custody on your children’s lives.

When you need help creating a custody arrangement, call Triangle Smart Divorce to request a consultation with one of our experienced Sanford custody lawyers. We put your children’s well-being at the forefront of all that we do.

How Does Custody Work In North Carolina?

Although there are two types of custody in North Carolina, custody arrangements should be tailored to the needs of each individual family. While it’s nice to have friends and family who understand what you’re going through, it’s important to remember that what worked for them might not work for you. We will help you find the solution that is best for your family.

Legal Custody

Legal custody refers to which parent will hold the decision-making power when it comes to important matters like healthcare, education, religion, and more. Typically, we see parents share joint legal custody unless there is an extenuating circumstance that would make this inappropriate, like a parent having a history of physical or substance abuse.

Physical Custody

Physical custody refers to which parent the children physically reside with the majority of the time. This can be shared jointly, or the responsibility can be owned solely by one parent. It should be noted that in joint custody, the children will not typically be splitting their time exactly 50/50.

Remember, custody isn’t permanent. If you, your co-parent, or your children have a change in circumstances, our Sanford custody lawyers can help you make the necessary modifications to fit your current situation.

How Our Team Handles High-Conflict Custody

While we prefer to take the high road and leave the drama behind, we know that isn’t possible for every couple. If you’re married to someone who is high-conflict and intent on making custody difficult, or has a history of domestic violence, we know how to protect your family.

No matter what the dynamics of your family are, we want what’s best for you. Our compassionate and knowledgeable Sanford custody lawyers will do everything we can to help you reach a solution so that you can have peace of mind about your children’s future.

Call Experienced Sanford Custody Lawyers At Triangle Smart Divorce Today!

If you and your spouse have decided to part ways, and you need to create a custody arrangement, know that you don’t have to do it alone. We are here to help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities so that we can come up with an arrangement that prioritizes your children’s best interests. We prefer to keep the decision making power in you and your co-parent’s hands instead of in a judge who doesn’t know your children. Discover how we can help make sure that you have input in your custody arrangement. Call Triangle Smart Divorce today to request a consultation.


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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.


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