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Challenges for long-distance parenting after divorce

Moving away from their children can be hard for divorced parents in North Carolina who may worry about how it will affect their relationship. Although they may not see their children in person as often as they would like, long-distance parents can still maintain a strong bond with their children and stay involved in their lives.

Establishing a positive coparenting relationship

After a divorce, former spouses in North Carolina might have trouble raising their children together. While coparenting can be complicated, there are ways exes can work together and ease the tensions. It's wise to establish a positive coparenting relationship for the good of the children.

Study finds fathers favored in some custody cases

Some mothers in North Carolina might not get custody of their children even if they allege that the other parent is abusing the children. This was one of the findings of a professor at George Washington University Law School. She examined over 2,000 child custody cases in which domestic violence, child abuse and parental alienation were factors and found that courts never affirmed a mother's claim of child abuse if they agreed that the father was facing parental alienation.

Children need to feel safe with both parents

Parents in North Carolina are given custody or visitation rights only if it is in the best interest of the children to do so. If there are concerns about a child's safety while with a parent, that person may lose custody or other rights. In some cases, parents may be restricted to supervised visitation after being accused of emotionally or physically abusing a child. Parents who believe that their children are in danger should collect evidence to back their assertions.

The plus side of raising a child together after splitting up

One of the biggest concerns of divorced parents in North Carolina is how to continue providing their children with a positive parenting experience even after the split. While breaking up and divorcing is a very emotionally tense period that affects both parents and kids, choosing to positively co-parent after splitting up has benefits for both children and parents.

The importance of active non-custodial parents

There are many different child custody arrangements that can work for North Carolina families after the parents decide to divorce or separate. While many years ago, joint physical custody was unusual, it is now favored by many family courts as an ideal solution absent an environment of neglect or abuse. However, for others, one parent having primary physical custody may be the better solution, even when both parents are actively involved in their children's lives. For example, some parents may struggle with physical custody if they regularly have to travel on business trips, face deployment, or work odd hours or lengthy shifts.

Joint custody often produces better outcomes for children

Divorcing parents in North Carolina want what's best for their children. When it comes to child custody, many couples have questions about the arrangements for their kids. While mothers are often awarded full custody, there is a lot of evidence to support the fact that dads are just as important as moms.

Courts struggle to define parental alienation

After a divorce in North Carolina, it is not uncommon for child custody cases to be contentious. One of the most common allegations a parent may levy against the other is that he or she was abusive. The abuse may either be inflicted on the person making the claim or on the children. In return, the parent who is facing abuse allegations may claim the accuser of parental alienation.

Does a parent's living situation impact a court's decision?

When North Carolina parents are fighting for custody, they have many concerns. One of these is usually related to their living situation and how it can impact the way the court rules when it comes to custody. In fact, while there are differences from state to state, courts do look at certain aspects of a parent's living situation before they make their decision in a custody dispute.

Splitting parenting duties during the holidays after divorce

Many divorced parents in North Carolina honestly want to make the holidays a special time for their children. However, achieving this goal is sometimes difficult if there are lingering feelings involved. An increased frequency of carting kids from home to home also boosts the potential for conflicts or confrontations. One way to keep everything merry and bright is for parents to have a solid plan in place before the holiday hustle and bustle gets underway.

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