Category: Child Custody

If My Ex Owes Child Support, Can I Stop Them From Seeing Our Kids?

Dealing with a parent who refuses to stay current on their child support can lead to plenty of anger and frustration. Sometimes, parents try to handle the problem by revoking visitation rights until the other parent pays the support they owe.

While it’s understandable to try and take any action you can to get the money your children need, preventing the other parent from seeing their children is almost always a bad idea. In this article, we’ll explain why and talk about what you can do instead. Continue reading “If My Ex Owes Child Support, Can I Stop Them From Seeing Our Kids?”

How Should I Handle Visitation When My Child Doesn’t Want to Go?

How Should I Handle Visitation When My Child Doesn’t Want to Go?

Watching your child leave for a visitation with the other parent can be gut-wrenching, especially if your child is acting like she doesn’t want to leave you. However, children can get upset at a visitation hand-off for many reasons. While you should always take your child’s safety and welfare seriously, it’s also important that you don’t act out of raw emotion and do something that could get you in a lot of trouble with the court.

Rather than trying to prevent the child from going with the other parent, the right way to address a serious concern is to work with an attorney and file a petition to modify your child custody order. However, before you take that step, it’s important to assess your child’s situation carefully. In this article, we’ll provide some guidelines you can use to do that. Continue reading “How Should I Handle Visitation When My Child Doesn’t Want to Go?”

Use These 5 Tips to Create a Parenting Plan That Works

Use These 5 Tips to Create a Parenting Plan That Works

Child custody cases in North Carolina don’t always have to go to court. Some parents settle child custody issues by working together in voluntary agreement to create a parenting plan. This plan establishes a schedule for time-sharing and explains both parents’ duties and responsibilities when it comes to raising the child or children.

While carefully-crafted parenting plans can make life easier and more peaceful for both parents and children, creating a good one can be hard work. A successful parenting plan needs to be detailed, thorough, and thoughtful. In this article, we’ll provide five tips for creating a parenting plan that serves your child’s best interests and stands the test of time. Continue reading “Use These 5 Tips to Create a Parenting Plan That Works”

Can I Prevent My Spouse From Seeing the Children During a Divorce?

Can I Prevent My Spouse From Seeing the Children During a Divorce?

As a parent, your child’s welfare is your top priority. If you’re going through a divorce and you’re worried that your child might be at risk of harm under the other parent’s supervision, you might want to shield your child from the other parent and get sole child custody on a temporary basis.

The laws that govern this type of situation can be confusing to parents, so we’ll try to clear them up for you. In this article, we’ll talk about how to get temporary or emergency custody of a child in North Carolina, and we’ll also discuss when sole custody is a long-term option.

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When and How Can I Modify Child Support in North Carolina?

When and How Can I Modify Child Support in North Carolina?

When a couple divorces, the non-custodial parent makes ongoing, court-ordered payments to the parent who has custody of the child. These payments help cover the child’s reasonable needs and expenses. The parties work out a child support payment amount in a separation agreement or consent order, or the court orders an amount after a trial.  Continue reading “When and How Can I Modify Child Support in North Carolina?”

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What to Do When the Other Parent Won’t Pay Child Support

If you’re struggling to collect court-ordered child support from your ex-spouse or ex-partner and feeling frustrated, you’re not alone: studies repeatedly show that many people never receive the child support they’re owed. A 2013 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, for example, showed that about 26 percent of all child support payments are never paid, and another 28 percent are only partially paid.  Continue reading “What to Do When the Other Parent Won’t Pay Child Support”

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What You Need to Know About North Carolina Child Support

When a marriage ends in North Carolina, or when unmarried people who have a child break up, both parents are responsible for providing support to their child or children. However, the court generally assumes that the parent who has sole or primary physical custody of the child (the “custodial parent”) is paying child support “by default” — meaning that the custodial parent is most likely spending the required amount of child support directly on the child as long as they’re providing adequate day-to-day care.

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