Child Custody

Child custody determinations can become highly contentious for both parties and highly stressful for children involved. When faced with a child custody dispute, it is important to understand your rights and obligations. At Morrow Porter Vermitsky Fowler & Taylor PLLC, in Winston-Salem, we are committed to providing the legal support and advocacy you need to navigate the legal system in a child custody dispute.

Our child custody attorneys are experienced in cases involving:

  • Physical and legal custody: Physical custody is the determination of where a child will reside and who will be the primary custodial parent. Legal custody is a determination of who can make decisions regarding a child’s health and wellbeing.
  • Visitation and parenting time: We can help you protect your rights to visitation and parenting time and work out a schedule that is in accordance with the child’s best interests and your needs.
  • Modifications: Our attorneys can assess your case to see if grounds exist to seek a modification of an original child support order or we also can help you defend against a modification. We handle cases involving relocation and adjustments to parenting time or visitation schedules.
  • Grandparents’ rights: We are abreast of cutting-edge developments in child custody laws, including grandparents’ rights. Contact us if you are a grandparent seeking custody or visitation or a parent defending against grandparents’ access to a child.

How is child custody determined in North Carolina?

In child custody cases, the general premise is that a child needs a relationship with mother and father. Only in a very few cases (where the child is at risk due to addition, neglect, or abuse) is anyone going to be prohibited from seeing their child. The court will seek to identify the timeshare and parenting arrangement that is best for the children involved.

Does a mother have presumptive rights to custody?

No. There is no maternal presumption in North Carolina. The courts will only look at the best interests of the minor child based on specific facts and circumstances of each case. For more information to protect your rights, please contact us directly