Children’s Issues — Particularly Custody & Child Support at the Heart of Every Legal Matter
As you work your way through a divorce, some of the most important issues relate to your children. Child custody arrangements and child support payments are key to any settlement. At Hager Divorce & Family Law in Wilmington, more than 30 years of experience give us the knowledge and resources to help you promote the best interests of your children — whether in a collaborative or contested divorce.
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As in most states, North Carolina Courts are required to grant custody — whether joint custody or sole custody — to the best interests of the children. Parents have certain rights when it comes to visitation, and specific procedures and guidelines need be followed once custody arrangements have been established. It is important to know, for instance, that visitation cannot be denied just because a parent has fallen behind in paying child support. Denying such visitation rights could bring about legal consequences, so work with us if you have questions about family law in Wilmington.
Some of the general criteria for determining custody:
- Age of children. Children’s ages and needs are a primary factor in determining custody. The courts usually award custody to the parent better situated to care for the children in both the short and long term.
- Distance between parents’ residences. If you and your ex-spouse live far away from one another, one may get a higher degree of custody than the other. This may also impact child support payments.
- Education and Social Activities. Courts typically try to minimize disruption to children’s lives so that they can stay at the same school and continue to participate in the same activities such as sports, the arts or after-school programs.
- Wishes of children. In some cases, your children’s preferences for one parent over another may be considered. However, this needs to be weighed along with other factors.
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Adoption is a complex and emotional issue. You must follow strict federal and state statutes to successfully adopt, and the procedures vary between private and agency adoptions. Count on our attorneys to successfully represent you in your adoption — be it a stepparent, relative or agency adoption.
Consult our family law attorneys to address your top concerns
For reliable legal guidance for children’s issues, contact Hager Divorce & Family Law online or at (910) 726-3607. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We serve individuals and families throughout Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina. Call us today at (910) 726-3607 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation for which we charge $200.00.