Caring For Your Child After Divorce
Children are often at the center of a divorce. Both parents often fear that their relationship with their child will suffer as a result of the divorce. They often want to make sure the transition is as easy as possible for the children. When you consider child custody and child support issues, you want what is best for your children. So do we.
At Dickerson Law Firm, our father-daughter team of lawyers has more than 60 years of combined legal experience that we will put to work helping you get results that are in your child’s best interest. We serve family law clients in Hillsborough and the surrounding parts of North Carolina.
Protecting Your Time With Your Child
Our law firm truly understands the importance of the relationship between parent and child. We will stand by your side throughout your divorce case to see that your child custody and visitation arrangements are conducive to maintaining your relationship with your son or daughter. The best outcomes tend to occur when parents come to a mutual agreement about the custody arrangement. We are happy to help you negotiate such an agreement.
If you cannot agree, the judge will have to make the decision for you, using “the best interest and welfare of the child” guidelines. These guidelines include many factors, giving the judge considerable discretion. The judge can consider anything that may affect the child’s physical, mental, moral and emotional well-being. If your custody case ends up before the judge, we will fight for your parental rights.
During your case, we will take the time to explain your options to you. We will explain the differences between joint custody and sole custody, legal custody and physical custody. If we seek an emergency temporary order for child support or custody, we will educate you about the steps that we will follow to resolve your case.
Child Support Calculations In North Carolina
Just as you can agree on custody issues, you and your spouse can agree on child support payments as well. You may base your calculations on the state guidelines for North Carolina, which will likely be similar to whatever the court would award. We are happy to walk you through these steps to determine who will pay support in your situation and how much those payments should be.
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At Dickerson Law Firm, we care about you and your family. We know the divorce process is difficult for everyone involved and we are dedicated to helping you move forward with your lives toward a brighter future.