Advocating For Time With Your Children
There is a reason why custody determinations are often referred to as “battles.” Emotions understandably run high when divorcing or separating parents are fighting for time with their children.
Combs & Lee, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, in Winston-Salem offers exemplary family law guidance, including services relating to child custody. We understand how important your children are and can give you the tools to come to an arrangement that meets your needs.
Unique Services From A Certified Parenting Coordinator
Attorney Ruth Bradshaw is a certified parenting coordinator, someone who can be appointed by a court to help parents in a dispute over custody or parenting time. This service provides parents who find themselves in a hostile custody battle with additional guidance. Acting as a neutral third party, a parenting coordinator can help you and your former spouse find ways to work together for the best interests of your children.
Other family law attorneys may also enlist these services when a court has decided their clients’ case requires the help of a parenting coordinator. In every case, our goal is to find child custody solutions that work for parents as well as children.
How North Carolina Courts Determine Custody Arrangements
Custody negotiations revolve around two parental rights: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make important decisions about a child’s education, health care, religion and other significant aspects of their life. Physical custody refers to which parent a child resides with.
In general, parents obtain either joint or sole custody according to what a court finds are in the best interests of the child. They consider several factors, including:
- The ability of each parent to provide for the child
- The child’s relationship with both parents
- History of abuse or domestic violence, if any
- Where the child currently lives
When you work with Combs & Lee, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, you benefit from our decades of experience and success both in and outside of the courtroom. Whether your custody arrangement has escalated to the point that a parenting coordinator is needed, or you can negotiate amicably, you can rely on us to be on your side.
We can also assist you with any necessary modifications or enforcement actions that arise down the road relating to your custody arrangement.