Nontraditional Families Have Rights and Require Strong Legal Guidance
Common legal issues for nontraditional families
Custody laws for parents, nonparents, stepparents, grandparents and same-sex parents are complex, but typically favor biological parents. In the case of same-sex parents, current laws recognize only one parent as having rights or a legal obligation to pay child support. When considering what counsel to retain for representation with nontraditional family legal issues, select an attorney who has experience in the following types of cases:
- Custody actions involving parental misconduct. If a parent has been abusive or acted irresponsibly, perhaps due to alcoholism or drug abuse, we can help you achieve a custody arrangement that keeps your children protected now and into the future.
- Disputes between parents and nonparents. In some cases, individuals who are not the biological parents of a child may seek custody, particularly if they were in a relationship with the birth parent and the relationship has ended.
- Visitation or custodial rights of grandparents. If one or both parents can’t care for the children because they are unfit in some way, we can help you seek custody as a grandparent.
- Stepparents acting in loco parentis. Stepparents who have played a major role in raising children may wish to seek full or partial custody in the case of a divorce.
Marital and Other Relationship Contracts: The Negotiation and Drafting of Separation Agreements and Other Family Contracts Requires Experienced, Knowledgeable Counsel
Count on us to draft a clear, comprehensive separation agreement tailored to your unique circumstances
At Hager Divorce & Family Law, our lawyers have considerable experience in negotiating and drafting separation and property settlement agreements for your divorce. We don’t just fill in a few blanks on a cookie-cutter agreement, but ensure that your particular situation is fully addressed.
Other considerations when seeking rights for nontraditional families
Some of the many matters in which we have been successful in working with in nontraditional family legal situations are:
Work with the North Carolina family law firm with considerable experience and knowledge in this complex and sensitive area of law. In addition to practicing in this area, our team has volunteered with organizations that advocate for the rights of people in nontraditional family situations.
Speak with our experienced North Carolina legal team immediately
To learn more about your options when dealing with these issues, call Hager Divorce & Family Law at (910) 726-3607 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina, including New Hanover and Pender counties. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.