If you want to divorce your spouse in North Carolina, it is essential that you understand the available grounds for a divorce. While you may hope that you can reveal damaging information about your spouse, such as cheating allegations, through filing that is not likely to happen because the state only allows two grounds for divorce.
With the opioid epidemic hitting mass proportions in North Carolina and across the country and the face of addiction changing to include people from all walks of life, it is not surprising that you may run into a situation where you become concerned your child's other parent may have a substance addiction problem. Of course, she may be addicted to anything, from alcohol to heroin. However, addicts often exhibit behavior that could put your child in danger regardless of what substance they are addicted to, so this is a valid concern.
In North Carolina, you have the right to refuse vaccinations for your child for non-medical reasons. However, if you are a divorced parent, you may face additional scrutiny for your decision from the child's other parent. It is possible you could face serious punishment for not vaccinating your child if the other parent takes you to court.
If you ask 10 North Carolina residents what makes a great father, you may receive 10 different answers, but one fact is undisputable: children who have their fathers in their lives tend to be more successful and better adjusted than those who do not. Not only that, but you do not necessarily have to be in the running for “father of the year” to have a positive impact on your child’s future – in most cases, your mere presence and participation in his or her life is enough to make a substantial difference.
Potential fathers in North Carolina are usually required to take a paternity test to determine if they are the father of the child. These tests are done using DNA samples from the child, father and mother. Samples are then tested, compared and analyzed to determine if the man could be the father. As with any type of laboratory test, there is the potential for fraud or mistakes.
As an unwed North Carolina parent, there are numerous reasons you may want to establish legal paternity. Maybe you are a mother and are hoping to collect child support from the man you know fathered your child, or perhaps you believe you fathered a child and want rights to that child, but the child’s mother disputes your parentage. At the Marshall Taylor Law Firm, we have a firm understanding on the methods used in North Carolina to establish paternity, and we have assisted many mothers and fathers across the state in their attempts to do so.
The majority of divorce cases in North Carolina that order sole-physical custody, award that custody to the mother. Although the father may be granted regular visitation, including overnight visits, weekends and certain holidays, the child’s primary residence is with the mother. This is often awarded in cases where the mother has spent more time fulfilling the caregiver role in raising the children. While this may be the trend, an increasing number of fathers are being granted sole-physical custody in cases where they have spent more time raising and caring for the child on a daily basis.
While parents may be together, separated or divorced, children still need both parents in their lives. In some cases, a family separates and children may end up residing with their mother. The father is put on a set visitation schedule, allowing them time with their children one night a week and every other weekend. Other situations involve joint-custody, or equal times with each parent. Whatever the case may be, it is crucial that children develop a bond with their father. Studies show that when children are bonded to both parents, they have a better overall development.
When it comes to new babies joining your family, maternity leave is often expected. Mothers are generally given anywhere from six week to three months to spend time with their child, recover from delivery and an infant sleep pattern, and arrange schedules and details so that she can eventually return to work. In most cases, however, the father of the child is not given any time off and is forced to return to work immediately, all while struggling to adjust to a new baby in the home. At Marshall and Taylor, we fight for your rights as a mother or a father.
While courts in North Carolina used to rule in favor of the mother when it came to child custody, attitudes have changes and most judges have realized that all parents should have an equal chance to take care of their children. We at Marshall and Taylor know how important it is for you to have a fair chance at child custody, whether you are a mom or a dad.