Charlotte Child Custody Lawyer
Helping to Protect Your Rights as a Parent
As a caring parent, your highest priority is making sure your children get the care they need to thrive. When the other parent fails to provide them with what they need, making that change becomes very important. At Smith Horton Law, we help our clients by providing them with the counsel and guidance they need to make wise decisions about child custody arrangements. Call today to learn more about how to proceed with your family law case.
To schedule a consultation with our Charlotte child custody attorney, dial (704) 734-9797 now or contact Smith Horton Law online. We serve Indian Trails as well.
How Custody Is Decided
When determining the custodial arrangement of a child, the courts will generally seek a decision that promotes the best interests of a child. To this end, the court will try to decide which arrangement best promotes and advances the educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual development and well-being of the child.
Custody Is Based On the Best Interests of Your Child
Whether you are facing custody, visitation, or child support issues, it is important to know that there are no set arrangements a court must choose. A child can live with one parent primarily and visit with the other parent every other weekend, the child might alternate weeks living with each parent, or the court may determine that some other arrangement is in the child’s best interests.
It is also important to note that the gender of the parties does not (and should not) have any effect on the outcome of your custody case. A mother is no more likely to have primary custody of a child than the father. If it is determined that the child’s best interests are better served by living with the father on a more primary basis, then the father will be given more time with the child.
Determining a Child’s Best Interests
When determining a custodial arrangement that promotes the child’s best interests, the court will consider some relevant factors.
- The home environment of the parent
- Who the parent lives with
- A parent’s ability to meet the day-to-day needs of the child
- The child’s preferences
- The relationship between the child and the parent
There is no defined list of considerations taken into account when making this decision, but the above are a few examples.
Discuss Your Options with a Family Law Attorney
If you are in need of legal advice as to your options in resolving custody, visitation, and child support issues, contact our office today to set up a consultation. Whether it’s resolved amicably out of court or the matter must move forward in court, attorney Doughton Horton can discuss your options with you so that you can make an informed decision.
Dial (704) 734-9797 now to get started building your case.
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