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:
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.