Are you seeking custody of your minor child as part of a divorce or other separation from the co-parent? With our guidance and support, you can define custody parameters, establish child support orders, limit disruptions to your daily lives, and minimize emotional upheaval for yourself and your child.
Child custody disputes can be challenging, complex, and emotional. The family law team with Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, is on your side. Our lawyer in Rutherfordton can help you carefully navigate this challenging time of family change. If you are preparing to fight for sole or joint custody of your child, our team will fight by your side.
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Learn the Benefits of Working with Our Child Custody Lawyer
If you and your former partner are on good terms, you may try to reach a custody and financial agreement on your own. Any change in the dynamics of your family, though, should be made carefully and with legal guidance and support. In child custody cases, our family law team can help in the following ways:
- Handling custody issues that stem from a divorce action
- Handling custody issues that stem from a non-marital separation
- Ensuring a fair financial resolution of child support issues
- If your ex-partner challenges your parenting abilities
If you are fighting for custody of your child or children, we can also help if you and your former partner do not reside close to one another, you suspect your ex-partner of any form of abuse, or your child expresses a clear preference for where they want to reside. When our team represents you, our goal is to ensure the best possible resolution for you and your family.
Determine Available Custody Options
According to North Carolina Judicial Branch guidelines, you and your ex-partner can work together to establish a child custody agreement without the benefit of a lawyer. You will, however, be held to the “same rules of evidence and procedure as a licensed attorney.” In addition, court officials cannot offer legal advice on your case.
To support your custody preference and provide sound legal advice when you need it most, our child custody team helps with the following types of custody cases:
- Physical custody
- Legal custody
- Sole custody
- Joint custody
We can also help if you are fighting for visitation rights, modifying an existing custody agreement, or need to seek emergency custody. The best interest of your child is sure to be at the heart of your custody petition. With their physical and emotional well-being in mind, our team can help you prove their best living situation.
Our Team Will Compile and Complete the Required Forms
In Rutherfordton, building a child custody case requires filing many forms and documents with the court. Without legal assistance, acquiring and completing these forms can be daunting. The forms you may be required to submit include:
- Domestic civil action cover sheet
- Complaint verified by a notary public
- Civil summons
- Affidavit of service
- Servicemembers Civil Relief Act affidavit
Without legal assistance, you will discover that child custody forms change frequently and that no one in the county clerk’s office can help with form completion. You do not have to handle these forms on your own. Because so much is at stake, our team is ready to help obtain, complete, and submit the forms you need to build an effective case.
We Help You Fight for Favorable Child Support
According to G.S. § 50-13.4, you are entitled to child support that helps you meet your child’s reasonable needs. Our lawyer handling your custody case will help you define your child’s needs and establish a child support amount based on your ex-partner’s income and your child’s daily and ongoing requirements.
Our Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, team members who serve clients in Rutherfordton will help you clearly define the financial aspects of caring for your child and apportion financial responsibility accordingly. As incomes adjust and your child’s needs change, we can also help request changes and modifications as needed. Our goal is to ensure you are able to care for your child with support from your ex-partner.
Our Team will be by Your Side During Your Case
On your own, a child custody case can be challenging. Our family law team can help you take an objective look at a difficult situation. We can also help you create a strategic plan for the happiness, safety, and well-being of your family, even as it changes. When our team represents you, we will:
- Update you as your case progresses
- Complete and submit relevant forms
- Establish custody exchange locations
Our team will research the relevant separation, divorce, custody, and child support laws. We will also explain how the law applies to your situation and the impact the law will have on your custody dispute. With our help and support, you do not have to stay on top of state laws because our team will do it for you.
Read What Others Say About Working with Our Team
Hearing from satisfied clients is one of the best ways to find out what working with our team is like. Previous child custody and family law clients say:
- “In one of the most difficult times of my life, I faced a mountain that I never thought I would have to face – divorce and custody of my daughter. Complex as it was…Mark made it so simple for me… What could have been a miserable situation was handled so gracefully.” – Kim
- “Mark is the best attorney…He and his office staff made sure everything was taken care of professionally. Mark is very thorough…trustworthy, and…dependable! I could call him anytime if something arose where I needed answers fast. He or his office staff would make sure I knew what to do.” – Cherish
When our team represents you, we work hard to ensure you have an excellent client service experience. Our goal is to ensure you and your children get a positive outcome and a fresh start.
Safeguard Your Custodial Rights with Help from Our Team
Your child custody dispute does not have to be trying or frustrating. You can learn more about how hard our lawyer will fight for you by contacting one of our Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC team members in Rutherfordton today at (828) 286-3866.