Experienced Child Custody Lawyer

Child custody can be one of the most emotionally charged issues in a divorce. There are many forms of custody including legal custody, which refers to a parents right to make decisions regarding a child’s upbringing, and physical custody, which determines where a child will live the majority of the time.

Durham Child Custody Attorney

Child Custody Lawyer | Durham | Judy Whisnant Attorney At Law, PCChild custody and visitation are some of the most important issues that need to be resolved during the divorce process. They can also prove to be the most difficult. Choosing the path of mediation is the first step towards a healthy outcome and leaves the agreement up to the parents. Making the choice for mediation also helps to maintain a healthy relationship between divorced parents to follow through on the agreement after separation.

If no agreement can be reached through mediation, the choices will be made by a Family Court judge. I can help you understand the many options involving legal and physical custody of your children and outline a valid parenting plan that works.

Physical & Legal Custody

Legal Custody defines who has the right make important decisions for your children including religious, educational, healthcare and overall welfare. Physical Custody relates to who the child lives with. Depending on the situation, either form can be sole custody or joint custody. If sole custody is given, visitation rights can be agreed upon or ordered by the court.

Determining Custody

If custody is left to a court’s decision, the court looks upon a variety of factors to determine what is in a child’s best interest. These can include a parent’s ability to maintain a stable environment, the mental, moral, and physical health of the parent, the child’s preference, and other factors. Prior domestic violence situations and a parent’s legal record can also be considered. We can help you to protect the best interests of your child and work to maintain your rights as a parent.

Call (919) 688-6860 to speak with a knowledgeable custody attorney and divorce lawyer in the Durham area.

Judy Whisnant