Asheboro Child Custody

But what about the kids? When a relationship doesn’t work out, child custody is often the most difficult issue faced by a parent. Working with a Asheboro attorney who will listen to you and stand by your side is key. At Dummit Fradin, we work to reach the best solution for you and your children.

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Welcome to Dummit Fradin | Asheboro Child Custody

Dealing with child custody issues can be the most difficult and trying time for a parent. You want what is best for your children, and you want them to know that everything is going to be okay. In a perfect world, both parents want the same thing for the children, and child custody can be resolved without a battle. Even in the best of circumstances, parents may need help with the legal aspects of Asheboro child custody. In the worst of circumstances, battle lines may need to be drawn in order to provide the best solution for you and your children. Our Asheboro child custody attorneys want to help you reach the best resolution, no matter what the circumstances.

Asheboro Child Custody Issues

In Asheboro, child custody is determined by what is best for the child. While it is always best for the parents to reach an agreement that both can agree to, that is not always the case. The judges in Asheboro and Randolph County will consider multiple factors when making child custody decisions. There is no presumed preference between the child’s mother or father, but the Court may consider a variety of factors, including:

  • The child’s current living arrangement.

  • A parent’s ability to provide, financially and emotionally, for the child.

  • The history of domestic violence or other criminal activity that may impact the child.

  • Any special needs of the child.

  • The child’s relationship with each parent.

While no single factor will result in a certain child custody result, a judge is allowed to weigh certain factors more heavily than others. Either parent may also ask the Court for a custody evaluation, which means an objective third party is paid to assess the parents in order to help the Court make child custody decisions. A grandparent may also request visitation rights in a child custody matter.

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Asheboro Child Custody Types

Child custody categories can range from full sole legal and physical custody with no visitation rights for the other parent to joint legal and physical custody, where both parents have equal time and financial responsibility for the children. More often than not, child custody decisions fall somewhere in-between. There are two broad categories of child custody:

  • Physical custody: How much time a parent actually spends with the child.

  • Legal custody: Who makes decisions regarding the child’s welfare; including medical care, education, and religious instruction.

Joint physical or legal custody does not mean that each parent necessarily has EQUAL time or decision-making power. It just means that it is a shared responsibility.

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Asheboro Contested Child Custody

If the parents cannot come to an agreement on their own regarding the physical and legal custody of their children, either can file a lawsuit, asking a judge to make a decision. Contested child custody cases in Asheboro and Randolph County must first go through court-ordered mediation. A neutral mediator is hired by the Court to try to work out an agreement with the parents regarding any child custody issues without the need to battle it out in Court. Your attorney cannot accompany you to a court-ordered mediation proceeding; however, a Dummit Fradin attorney can help you prepare for the mediation, by:

  • Informing you on what to expect during the process.

  • Help you understand what to bring to the proceeding.

  • Develop a strategy of how to move forward, if mediation fails.

Court-ordered mediation is at no cost to the parties. If the parties wish to have their attorneys present at mediation, they can agree to a non-Court ordered mediation with a paid mediator present.

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Asheboro Military Child Custody

Since October 1, 2013, North Carolina has had special protections for military parents with contested child custody issues. The law is intended to protect the child custody rights of deployed members of our military while they are protecting our country, but also provides notice protections for the non-deployed parent. Among other things, the law provides that:

  • A deployed parent must notify the other parent of deployment orders within seven days of receiving the orders.

  • A permanent child custody order may not be granted in the absence of the deployed parent; unless the deployed parent consents.

  • An expedited hearing may be scheduled to resolve child custody issues.

  • If it is in the best interest of the child, custody may be granted to a non-parent family member.

Generally, a temporary child custody order will be granted until 60 days after the deployed parent returns home.

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Your needs are our top priority. No matter what the case entails, we look forward to meeting and working with you to get through this matter as efficiently and effectively as possible. Stop by one of our locations today in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or High Point, NC. We currently service the following counties: Forsyth County, Guilford County, Surry County, Stokes County, Yadkin County, Davie County, Davidson County, Randolph County, and Alamance County.

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