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Keeping parenting disputes out of court

After a divorce, North Carolina families must face the daunting challenge of living in separate households. Children must deal with the emotional strain of two separate homes and the breaking of their once secure family. Parents have a responsibility during this time to make this transition as easy as possible for children. Parents often feel the urge to take their parenting issues and disagreements back to court, but this doesn't always work the way they envision. Instead, parents should seek other means to provide the support and consistency their children need to adapt to post-divorce life.

Shared parenting can benefit family relationships after divorce

Child custody can be a difficult challenge for divorcing parents in North Carolina. Some of the difficulties can be attributed to the current U.S. family court system, which often tends to default to giving the mother sole or primary physical custody.

Children of divorce benefit from co-parenting

A divorced North Carolina father striving to gain custody of a child or visitation rights could promote the effort by emphasizing the importance of both parents in a child's life. Traditionally, family courts have given physical custody to mothers in the vast majority of cases according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Attitudes are shifting, however, as over 50 international studies have consistently shown that children have better lives when their parents share custody.

Steps to getting custody of a brother or sister

A North Carolina resident who wishes to adopt a sibling in the event of the parents' death should talk to the parents about this wish. The parents may agree to name the person as the child's guardian in the will. In any other circumstances, a person might face a custody battle to become a sibling's guardian. If the parents die, other family members might want custody of the child as well. If the parents are alive, the court will be reluctant to take the child away from biological parents.

How nesting may help children adjust to a divorce

Some North Carolina parents who are getting a divorce may find that an arrangement known as "nesting" suits them and their children. Nesting means that parents share custody, but instead of the children shuttling back and forth between the parents' home, the children remain in the family home while the parents rotate in and out. This helps eliminate the instability that comes from moving between parents' homes every few days.

Alcohol and drug use and child custody

North Carolina parents who have gone through a divorce and who are worried if their ex's substance abuse issue can compromise the safety of their child may have recourse in family court. However, they should be aware of exactly at what point the courts should become involved and what actions parents can take to ensure that their children are protected and still be in compliance with a child custody order.

Planning ahead for vacations when divorced

North Carolina parents who are separated often have conflicts about custody and visitation, and the summertime may be an especially contentious time because of vacation planning. There are several ways that parents can help to avoid having custody disputes during these breaks so that they and their children can enjoy the time off.

Death of a parent and child custody

If a North Carolina father is not the custodial parent and the custodial parent dies, he may want to get custody of the child. However, if his name is not on the child's birth certificate or if he has not filed a signed acknowledgement of paternity with the court, he must first establish paternity.

Residence a factor in Scarlett Johansson custody dispute

North Carolina residents may have been surprised in January when media outlets reported that the marriage between actress Scarlett Johansson and her husband was ending after less than two years. The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, and legal experts believe that establishing residence for the child will be a key factor in what some fear could be a contentious custody dispute. Speculation about the couple's situation was put to rest on March 7 when Johansson filed divorce papers in New York City.

Divorce can be particularly difficult for children

For many North Carolina parents, hashing out child custody details can be one of the most difficult parts of the divorce. However, the divorce can be particularly difficult for the kids, especially if their parents cannot work together or spend their time arguing. To make the transition easier for the children, there are certain things that parents can do.

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