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Child Custody Lawyer in North Carolina

A Better Approach to Ensuring Your Child’s Best Interests

Conflicts involving children often cause stress and heated arguments. At the Winston-Salem law firm of Hartsoe & Associates, our main message to divorce clients experiencing conflict related to custody and child support is this: This does not have to be a war. Our firm can help you focus on reasonable resolutions instead of all-or-nothing battles.

The future of your family is important to us, just as it is important to you.

Our role is to help you understand your realistic options with regard to child support and child custody. Understanding your options will help you make decisions that have the best chance for long-term success and ones that are in the best interests of your children.

Our law firm also offers mediation and arbitration services. Our lead attorney is a certified family law mediator through the state of North Carolina. Contact us to learn more.

Understanding Child Custody & Visitation

North Carolina family court judges will make child custody and visitation decisions based on their determination of the best interests of the children. Except in cases of abuse and neglect, there is no longer a presumption that the children's mother should have primary custody. Instead, both parents should examine their wishes with regard to parenting time along with the children's preferences and the parents' long-term plans regarding work and living situations.

How these issues are decided does matter. A parenting agreement you reach through a negotiated compromise has a better chance of working well in the long run than an arrangement imposed on you by a judge. The process of reaching an agreement may be full of emotional turmoil, but it is often worth it.

Navigating the Challenges of Child Support

While it may seem that child support is a straightforward issue, this is often not the case. For example, if you believe your spouse is hiding income or is purposefully unemployed or underemployed, we may be able to help trace income sources and construct a strong argument that your spouse should be required to pay more.

Self-employment adds all kinds of challenges to the computation of the amount of income to be plugged into the child support calculation. Our lawyers are familiar with the various ways people might try to suppress or hide income, and we are aggressive about pursuing the necessary information to determine the truth.

Our Winston-Salem family lawyers strive to:

  • Respond immediately
  • Be as accessible as possible
  • Provide experienced legal counsel you deserve
  • Be as compassionate and understanding as possible

Child custody and support are some of the most important issues that go along with divorce or separation. Our team at Hartsoe & Associates is confident we can help you through it and achieve a favorable outcome.

For guidance on your unique situation – whether you need help with an initial determination or a modification – call (336) 390-4774. We assist clients throughout the Piedmont Triad Area.

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    “Very helpful in explaining complicated legal procedures in an easily understandable way. I felt like Mr Hartsoe really had my best interest in mind.”

    Eric

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    “Very Professional and informative. Touched on all aspects of separation. Looking forward to working with them.”

    Cortney

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    “I met with two representatives from the firm and they patiently answered all of my questions and asked me several more questions pertaining to my situation. I am very impressed with the candid discussion including what to expect with regard to the costs associated with my case. I would definitely recommend a consultation with this firm.”

    Jim

  • Tony and his team were with me through the most difficult time of my life.

    “Everyone I worked with at Hartsoe & Associates was of high moral caliber while also being very down to Earth and easy to talk to. After spending time with Tony and his associates, it was easy to see that Tony's character was the model for building his team. The outcome of my case was far better than I could have anticipated. Tony and his team were with me through the most difficult time of my life, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

    Scott

  • James as a lawyer was great to work with and I highly recommend Hartsoe for any family law matters you may have.

    “James Downey from Hartsoe and assoc. represented me in a child custody and support case and was excellent to work with. Never in a million years did I think things would have gotten as hard and stressful as they did but James and everyone involved in my case were fantastic. Lisa the paralegal was great along with Debbie at reception and everyone I encountered at Hartsoe. James as a lawyer was great to work with and I highly recommend Hartsoe for any family law matters you may have. Thanks again guys! I hope I don’t need a lawyer again but if I do I know where I’ll go.”

    Jason W.

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    “We sought Mr. Rainey to help to obtain a custody agreement for my child... He helped us achieve our goal and was open and honest in every answer he gave regarding my concerns. I had consulted with others who made it seem like some of my concerns were unwarranted and that some of my requests were totally unachievable but Mr. Rainey made me feel at ease and was able to explain things to me in a more 'caring' aspect even if the answer wasn't one I would've preferred to hear. I appreciate his methods and should we need to seek further representation I wouldn't think twice to retain him for my future needs! Thank you for all your help!”

    Steve G.

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    “Tara Kay Johnson did an awesome job! If you're like me, you didn't think something like this would happen to you, but there you are at that moment in your life with a lot of questions and very few answers... doubt and emotion starts to take over, but fear not. As with many folks who have to go through this unfortunate event in your life, you want the strongest and most well-respected representation you can find. That is exactly what I received. Tara will listen to your concerns and stand up for you, while at the same time she will also recommend the absolute best course of action. I cannot express in words how confident you will feel by having Tara in charge of your case. During my case, there was not a single moment where I felt vulnerable or a moment where I wondered what the outcome would be. Tara and her very well-educated staff were with me every step of the way. Communication and support was excellent throughout the entire process. The bottom line is: If you or someone you know is heading down the tough road to divorce, then you need the BEST guide you can find, and that is Tara Kay Johnson.”

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    “Great Lawyer. I hired Tony to represent me in a child custody case and was very satisfied with the results. He's very honest about what your different options are, what the outcomes will most likely be, and how much things are going to cost. Very experienced and very helpful. I will definitely look to him again if I ever have the need for another lawyer.”

    David

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    “I hired Rick Scott at Hartsoe & Associates for what proved to be a somewhat complicated divorce. He he was able to explain to me what I was legally entitled to, what the law required, what outcomes would be reasonable to expect, and what my options were along every step of the way. He worked hard to help develop a fair settlement offer. He is very knowledgeable and open to considering all possible solutions to a problem. Everybody in the office is responsive and courteous. I am glad that I chose to work with them and would recommend them to anyone who is unfortunately in need of a family lawyer”

    MH