In North Carolina, the law applies a standard when making a custody determination or modification. This standard is known as “the best interest of the child.” Waple & Houk attorneys are experienced in child custody and will take each individual fact of your case and assist you in understanding the law as it applies to your situation.
There are two types of custody in North Carolina, “legal custody” and “physical custody.”
The parent with physical custody is the parent with whom the minor child primarily resides; the parent with legal custody is the decision-making authority for major life choices such as educational, medical, and religious decisions. Both types of custody can be shared jointly, split between the parents, or a single parent can have primary physical and legal custody.
Each type of custody plays a crucial role in the family dynamic. Our attorneys are equipped to help you determine what factors are important in facilitating an agreement between the parents making custody decisions or what factors are necessary to move forward with litigation.
Child Custody can be an immensely stressful and emotionally difficult process for any parent or person claiming custody. Just as every child is unique and different, the family lawyers at Waple & Houk understand that your case is as well.
We take the time and attention to help you understand your rights with regard to custody. Our commitment to you will be to advocate on your behalf with a working understanding of your family dynamic—the important facts that make you, your situation, and your child or children unique. We offer practical and accessible services with our primary focus set on our clients’ needs, both long and short term.
While our goal is to counsel and promote reaching a peaceful resolution that acts in the best interest of your child or children and family, we also provide zealous representation on your behalf, should litigation be necessary. Our attorneys work to achieve results while we facilitate a relationship of trust by building a connection with our clients and being accessible during the chaos that can come from a child custody claim or dispute.