With October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, it is a good time to discuss what protections North Carolina offers victims of domestic violence who are also going through a divorce, separation or custody proceeding.
A previous post on this blog have discussed the benefits of using mediation when resolving a child custody dispute. This post talked about how, in the right case, mediation in a child custody case can save both parents a lot of time and stress and, in the longer term, can be of great benefit to the couple's children.
Previous posts on this blog have talked about the advantages that co-parenting offers moms and dads in the Statesville area. Indeed, while not always possible, a child can benefit tremendously when his or her parents are both involved in the child's life and, at least with respect to child-related issues, can work well together.
A previous post on this blog discussed how parents in the Statesville, North Carolina, area who intend to live in separate homes will need to come up with a parenting schedule describing in detail which parent will have what time with the children. The schedule also needs to lay down some ground rules for the parents, such as how they will exchange their children, how they will make important decision about the child and the like.
Depending on a parent's perspective, it may be a huge relief or a cause of a concern that, in North Carolina, child custody and parenting time decisions are not set in stone. This is true even when the parents made an agreement about such issues and one of them wants to change the agreement.
A previous post on this blog discussed how Statesville, North Carolina, parents might be able to use a child custody mediator to resolve any child custody disputes or disagreements over either parent's visitation rights. The ideal result of a child custody mediator is when the mediator is able to prepare a written agreement that both parties are willing to sign. Failing this, a mediator's role in the case usually ends when either parent indicates that he or she is no longer interested in trying to negotiate an agreement.
Child custody mediation has been growing in popularity over recent years such that many residents of Statesville and other North Carolina residents may have heard of it even if they haven't gone through a custody matter themselves.
Many residents of Statesville, North Carolina, especially if they are single parents, have probably heard the phrase joint custody or split custody used in conversation.
As is the case with just about any court order or judgment, a custody and parenting time order is only good to the extent that parents are willing to follow it.
Unlike many other states, North Carolina does not have any special law when it comes to single parents who have to move either out of state or even to another part of North Carolina, which can be hundreds of miles from Statesville.