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Rely On Us When You Need A Child Custody And Support Agreement That Works
Child custody, visitation and support agreements establish legally enforceable guidelines for parental rights and obligations. It is important that the terms of the agreement are not only clear and well-drafted to avoid future problems, but also are ones that will actually work for your family.
Blanton Law Firm, P.A., takes the time to help you find solutions that foster the parent-child relationship. If you are going through a divorce, we appreciate the potential impact it can have on your children, which is why we take the time to listen to your concerns, advise you of the benefits and risks of all of your options, and help you make informed decisions. As a North Carolina board-certified specialist in family law, a certified family financial mediator and a litigator with more than 30 years of courtroom experience, attorney Mary Blanton is well-equipped to effectively guide you through the process.
You Are The Best Person To Make Decisions For Your Family
You know your family. You know what child custody and support arrangement will be easiest to implement in the future, which is why alternative dispute resolution is often the preferred approach. In most situations, you are even required under the law to attempt mediation before the court will make a ruling on contested matters. When you cannot come to a voluntary agreement or certain circumstances make mediation unsuitable for you and the other parent, the court will make a ruling.
Mediation may be her preference, but Mary Blanton is respected in the legal community as a skilled litigator who always goes above and beyond to represent her clients well.
Child custody is determined based on what is in the best interests of the child. A judge will consider several factors, including:
- The relationship between the parents as well as with the child
- Relationships with siblings and other family members
- Each parent’s ability to support and care for the child
- Where the parents reside
- The physical and mental health of each parent
- The preference of a mature child
- Evidence of domestic violence or substance abuse
- Other factors deemed relevant to the determination
Child support obligations are generally calculated under the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. Although only one parent will make a payment, both incomes as well as other factors are taken into consideration by the court. The court will use a Child Support Worksheet to determine the monthly amount, but a judge does have the authority to deviate from the guidelines. Mary Blanton is well-versed in the application of the guidelines and knows how to advise you regarding child support in or out of the courtroom.
Let Us Help You Protect Your Parental Rights
Whether you are going through a divorce or are an unwed parent, our lawyer can help make sure that you have a child custody and support arrangement that works. Contact our responsive staff by calling 704-870-7495 or completing our online form.