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Raleigh, NC Family Law and Child Custody Attorney

The Family Lawyers at Kurtz & Blum Fight For the Interests of You and Your Child in Negotiating Custody Arrangements

Arguing over how to raise a child is not in the best interests of anyone involved. Having an experienced family law attorney can make the process easier in deciding where the child will live and how the child will be cared for. These are complicated issues that deserve careful attention.

At Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, our North Carolina child custody attorneys will assist you in negotiating parenting time and custody arrangements.  We will keep the interests of both you and your child in mind in working to come to a parenting plan. If necessary, we can litigate on your behalf to get the best arrangement possible. You hold the right to have a relationship with your child. Contact us to discuss your child custody issues immediately.

In North Carolina, parents are urged to come to a child custody arrangement before getting a judge involved. Generally, the parent whom the child ends up primarily living with would get physical custody. The other parent (noncustodial) would then get visitation time. Legal custody is given to whomever makes critical decisions in raising the child. Joint custody is possible as long as the parents can come to an amicable agreement and work well together. We can help you attain the best plan for your situation.

If the parties cannot come to an agreement, a judge will make a determination under the law's "best interest of the child" standard. A custody arrangement is then ordered. In rare instances one parent is given sole custody, unless there is abuse or neglect of the child.  

If you'd like to know more about how Kurtz & Blum can help you with child custody issues, watch the informative video above.

Here is the transcript to our child custody video:

Lynn A. Prather, Civil Associate

Every parent has a constitutionally protected right to the love and companionship of his or her child.  In a North Carolina custody case, parents begin on a level playing field with both parents having equal rights to share joint custody of their children.  A judge will determine how much time your children spend with each of you by evaluating what is best for the children.

Sometimes custody can be negotiated and a custody schedule can be agreed on without the need for a hearing in court.  After all, no one knows what is best for your child better than you and the other parent.  If both parents are able to reach an agreement on custody, I can draft a consent order based on that agreement.  I will ensure the agreement is enforceable and will take appropriate precautions so that misunderstandings or disagreements are less likely to arise later on.

Sometimes, even though both parents love and want what is best for their child, there is a disagreement about custody and a hearing in court is necessary.  In those situations, I will work together with you to paint a picture for the judge about your relationship with your child –  to show why that relationship is special and needs to be protected and to prove to the judge what custodial arrangement you believe is best for your child.

There is nothing more important to a parent than his or her children.  Call me and we will discuss the options to determine what is best for you and your family.

Our family law attorneys help people throughout Wake County, North Carolina.  We frequently handle offenses arising out of the following cities: Apex, Wake Forest, Fuquay-Varina, Rolesville, Cary, Garner, New Hope, Morrisville, Raleigh, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon and Holly Springs.