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Child Custody 

When parents are not together any longer, the time each parent spends with the child is either agreed upon, or the court will enter a child custody order. After a lawsuit for child custody is filed, parents are required to participate in child custody mediation, which is a free service offered by the NC courts. A trained neutral mediator assists parents in attempting to reach their own agreement about what they think is in the best interest of their children. If they can reach an agreement, the courts will enter the signed agreement as an order of the court. If not, the judge will rule on custody after a trial. Parents then place this very important decision in the hands of a judge.

Custody and Visitation: 

Legal Custody
Physical Custody and Visitation

Custody Mediation/Court

Child Custody Mediation
Mediation Booklet for Families (by the NC Court)
Ex Parte Orders: When Will I Have My Day in Court?
Legal Standing: Who Can and Can’t File for Custody
Is Your Custody Order Out of Date?
How Do Judges Set Custody Schedules?
See the school calendar for ideas
What is a Parenting Coordinator?


The Top 3 Mistakes Parents Make in Custody Cases
Mudslinging in Child Custody Cases
Are Bad Parents Rewarded in Custody Cases?
Mindful Co-parenting Guide: Helping Children Cope with Divorce

The Twelve Days of Christmas: Which Ones Will You Get For Visitation?
And Then There’s Graduation
Tips on Creating a Visitation Schedule
What is a Parenting Coordinator?
Message in a Bottle? Digital Co-parenting 

Substance Abuse/Parenting Concerns

The House of Cards: Parents and Substance Abuse

Resources For Children of Inmates
Not a Shield Nor a Sword: Daddy Went to Prison

Substance Abuse Guide for Parents
Mindful Co-parenting Guide: Helping Children Cope with Divorce
Local Drug Testing (includes follicle, alcohol, DNA, genetic testing)
Criminal Background Searches (Court List with General Court Information)
Can I “Give Up My Rights” as a Parent?





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