Thinking of taking a Spring Break trip with your kids out of the country? Before you buy those plane tickets or make that hotel reservation, here’s some food for thought… minors under the age of 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves. Unless one parent has sole legal custody of the children under a […]
Can my child testify in my child custody hearing?
Contrary to popular belief, there is no set age when children can testify and express their wishes for their living arrangements in a custody case. Rather, the court decides whether the child is of a “suitable age and discretion” to testify and express their wishes before the judge. The judge will consider the child’s […]
What is court-ordered custody mediation?
If a party files a claim for child custody, the court will likely require both parties to attend mandatory custody mediation. In limited instances, the court may waive the requirement for “good cause.” If you receive a notice ordering you to participate in the court-ordered mediation process, then you should be sure to attend and […]
What Not to Do During a Custody Battle
Having to go to court to fight for your children may very well one of the most difficult things a parent ever has to do. The emotional, physical and financial toll of a custody lawsuit is not to be taken lightly and is often exacerbated by the fact that people in the midst of custody […]
Temporary and Permanent Child Custody Orders
There are two types of child custody orders – temporary child custody orders and permanent child custody orders. Both orders are enforceable by the court and set out how custody of a child is allocated between the parents (or non-parents, if the parents do not have custody). The “temporary” and “permanent” labels associated with each […]
N.C. Bar Association provides child custody trial training videos for litigants
The North Carolina Bar Association’s (NCBA) Women in the Profession Committee has completed two training videos for litigants in child custody trials. These videos are geared toward litigants who do not have attorneys, but they are also good resources for parents who are working with attorneys. The videos are approximately 20 minutes long and are […]