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Winston-Salem Child Custody

We know how important it is to get the best possible outcome to resolve a Child Custody case in Winston-Salem. Our children are the heart of our family, and getting the right resolution is complex. It is critical to assess each situation in its own light. For some, an amicable resolution to the Child Custody matter is not only preferable, but it is actually possible. For others, the opposing side will make it impossible to resolve without a Child Custody battle. Our Child Custody attorneys in Winston-Salem listen to you and assess the best possible strategy.

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Welcome to Dummit Fradin | Winston-Salem Child Custody Attorneys

E nding a relationship is just the beginning of your children’s future lives. The other parent will continue to be your children’s parent the rest of their lives. As painful as the split is, it is critical that you attempt to work out what is best for the kids. We here at Dummit Fradin take a holistic approach to the family unit ending, and work to figure out the best results for the future. If it is possible to work out the details without an ugly battle, that is always preferable, but many times you are forced to stand up for your children’s best interests. The Dummit Fradin Child Custody attorneys are ready to stand by you and work to get the best resolution.

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MEET OUR WINSTON-SALEM CHILD CUSTODY TEAM

Erica Jackson
Erica JacksonAttorney
Ms. Jackson works on Winston-Salem child custody cases. She has years of experience with the Forsyth County Family Court System.
Merlin Gomez
Merlin GomezParalegal
Merlin is Attorney Erica Jackson’s paralegal focusing primarily on issues of family law. Her compassion and dedication makes her an invaluable member of the Winston-Salem Child Custody team at Dummit Fradin.
E. Clarke Dummit
E. Clarke DummitAttorney
If you are looking for a child custody attorney in Winston-Salem, Clarke Dummit has been handling child custody cases since 1991. He has litigated in county courthouses across the state including Winston-Salem child custody cases for more than two decades.

Winston-Salem Child Custody Factors

The judges in Winston-Salem are bound by North Carolina law to do what is in the child’s best interests, not what one parent wants over another. It is often better if you can work with the opposing side and come up with a schedule that is tolerable (equally disliked) by both parents. If we are forced to make a judge resolve all of the issues, the court will look at many factors, including employment, how much time was spent care taking in the past, how nurturing the parent is, available time, and the home environment.

Positive Child Custody factors Winston-Salem judges consider:

  • Stable Employment.

  • Nurturing home environment.

  • How much time does/can the parent spend with the child?

Obviously excessive alcohol or drug use will be a negative factor, but there are other factors that may be less obvious, such as time spent traveling for work, and past abuse of others. It is impossible to know what facts a specific judge may weigh more heavily on a given day.

  • Alcohol or Drug abuse.

  • Criminal history.

  • Physical Abuse.

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Winston-Salem Child Custody Categories

There are legal categories of child custody that range from full Sole Legal custody with no visitation by the other side (rare), to joint equal legal custody where both parent are forced to make decisions equally. There are also shades or degrees of physical custody that Winston-Salem Judges will sometimes specify as visitation. This can be open-ended visitation, especially if the parents can get along, or it can be very structured and scheduled visitation.

There are two broad distinctions:

  • Legal Custody: this deals with who will be making the decisions about health care, education, and what church for the children.

  • Physical Custody: this deals with who the children will actually be spending time with.

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Winston-Salem Contested Child Custody

The local rules of court in Winston-Salem require every Child Custody case to go through court-ordered mediation. After a lawsuit for Child Custody in Winston-Sale has been filed, the court will order mediation. In many cases, this goes nowhere, but this is an opportunity for the parties to meet on neutral ground with a neutral court mediator and discuss the possibility of resolving the issues without a court battle over custody. When you work with the Dummit Fradin Child Custody Team, we will help you prepare for mediation and discuss strategies to help resolve the mediation. We can go through checklists of issues to consider and prepare for before the mediation. It is always good to have a plan and be able to start at one point and be able to make some concessions, but not too many.

  • Start from a position of strength knowing you can go on into the courtroom if needed.

  • Start from a position where you have some room to give up small concessions.

  • Keep an open mind, it is not about your winning, it is about the kids winning.

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Winston-Salem Military Child Custody

At Dummit Fradin our child custody attorneys are proud to work for our military clients. We fight for your rights while you are fighting for ours. The North Carolina Statutes dealing with Child Custody give special consideration for a parent who is deployed.

§ 50-13.2. Who is entitled to custody; consideration of parent’s military service.:

  • A court may not consider a parent’s past deployment or possible future deployment as the only basis in determining the best interest of the child.

  • The statute further requires that Joint custody SHALL be considered when requested by either party.

  • The statute authorizes a Winston-Salem judge in a Child custody case to set specific means of electronic communication, including a flexible schedule to allow a deployed parent access to her/his children through skype or internet web chats.

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The needs of our clients always come first. For the convenience of the individuals we serve, we have three office locations. 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.

1133 West First Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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High Point, NC 27262
(336) 777-1770
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Greensboro, NC 27401
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