Child Custody

Going through a separation or divorce is already an emotionally-charged, financially taxing, and intricate legal process. 

When children are involved, it adds another level of complexity that requires not only a delicate approach but the right legal fineness and knowledge to ensure the "best interest" of the minor.

Ward and Smith's family law attorneys are resolved to guide mothers, fathers, and guardians through difficult child custody disputes. Our goal for each client is to create a plan that protects your kids while addressing your concerns and future needs. 

The Child's Best Interest in NC Custody Cases

Most parents and guardians simply want what's best for their children, and that's precisely what state courts use as a factor in deciding custodial issues.  In fact, case law in North Carolina has called the best interest of the minor child the "polar star," which must guide a judge in making a custody determination. In other words, the court cannot favor one parent over another without considering all relevant factors, including "acts of domestic violence between the parties, the safety of the child, and the safety of either party from domestic violence by the other party."

The court will decide if joint custody or sole custody is appropriate.

We're Here to Help

There are numerous issues that may need to be addressed in child custody cases.  And for years, we've helped separated, or divorced parents and guardians develop an arrangement that suits their family. Our seasoned attorneys strive to settle matters pertaining to: 

  • Permanent Custody/Temporary Custody
  • Third-Party Custodial Rights
  • Child Support
  • Visitation

When it comes to determining custody, having an experienced attorney can be the difference between getting the best outcome for your family. Contact our Family Law attorneys for the guidance and support you will need during this difficult time.

We are your established legal network with offices in Asheville, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, and Wilmington, NC.

Child Custody Team