Guide to North Carolina Child Custody Topics

Where to begin:

Overview of child custody and visitation in North Carolina
Answers to your North Carolina child custody questions. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Do I need a lawyer?

NC consent orders, parenting and custody agreements
North Carolina uses three types of parenting plans: consent orders, parenting agreements and child custody agreements. Follow these guidelines to make one you can show a judge or use to settle.

North Carolina custody and visitation schedule guidelines
Save time and ensure your visitation schedule meets North Carolina requirements by using these guidelines. See popular schedules for different divisions of time.

North Carolina child support calculator
Instantly determine your child support by entering your incomes, parenting time and number of children. See how different parenting times affect the total.

Going to court:

Court process: 7 steps to child custody in NC
The child custody court process from start to finish, with all the resources you need along the way. How to file for custody, prepare for trial and more in North Carolina.

Filing for custody in North Carolina: 4 steps
Follow these steps while filing to avoid mistakes that can stall your North Carolina custody case. Links to the forms you need, details on how to serve papers and more.

North Carolina child custody evaluations
Custody evaluations can play a big role in a judge's ruling. Make sure you know why they're ordered, how they work and what's expected of parents.

North Carolina child custody hearings: What to expect
Are you ready for your North Carolina child custody hearing? Learn what to bring, how to prepare, what to expect, possible outcomes and more.

North Carolina child custody trials
Trials for custody are complicated — witnesses, exhibits, multiple sessions. Understand the processes and protocols so you get what's best for your child.

Staying out of court:

Settling child custody and visitation in NC: 4 steps
Settling is considered the best way to decide custody. Follow these steps to prevent holding up your case. Free templates and forms.

Alternative ways to decide custody in North Carolina
These methods for deciding child custody outside a courtroom are becoming more common in North Carolina. Could one work for you?

More on North Carolina custody:

Child custody orders in North Carolina
Learn about the different types of orders in a custody case and when you need them. Plus, how to modify, enforce and follow them.

Special circumstances in North Carolina child custody
No two custody cases are the same. Are you in the military? Do you have a criminal record? What other considerations might you be forgetting?

5 people to know in North Carolina custody cases
Do you know the difference between a GAL attorney and a GAL volunteer? Do you know what a parenting coordinator does? You may need to for your child custody case.

6 ways to use the Custody X Change app in NC
Custody X Change can make your North Carolina custody case shorter and simpler, with better outcomes. Use it to negotiate, settle, help you follow court orders and more.

North Carolina child custody resources and support
Where to turn for help with North Carolina child custody. Links to local courts, legal aid clinics, our professional sources and more.

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