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Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2019Conflicts involving children often cause stress and heated arguments. At Hartsoe & Associates, our main message to divorce clients experiencing conflict related to custody 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. 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.

Why Choose Our Custody Lawyers?

  • Trusted by Clients for 20+ Years
  • Compassionate & Ethical Legal Services
  • 10/10 Avvo Rating & Avvo Clients' Choice Award
  • Selected for Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠

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 at 336.390.4774 to learn more.

How Is Child Custody Determined?

The rule of thumb is always to decide what is in the child’s best interests. If parents are unable to come to an agreement, they may be required to attend mediation to help them reach that point. Past that point, they will need to bring their claims to court to determine what will be best for the child.

Some of the factors a judge will consider include:

  • A history of abuse
  • If the parent can foster a sense of stability for the child
  • How the parent plans to financially provide for the child
  • The child’s current home environment
  • The child’s wishes

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.

Seeking Full Custody in North Carolina

Unfortunately, North Carolina laws on child custody do not permit joint custody. The alternative is to give primary custody to one parent, with the other parent having secondary custody. Child custody matters 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.

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