North Carolina Child Custody Resources and Support

Don't go through the child custody process on your own. Even if you can't afford an attorney, you have plenty of places to turn for support.

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In-depth guides

Use the following to shepherd you and your family through the divorce or separation process.

Court resources

You can find a number of custody and child support forms on the North Carolina courts website. The site also offers information specific to your family court or county court.

Your court clerk can assist you with filing paperwork, scheduling proceedings and tackling other administrative issues. They cannot offer legal advice.

Child support

Child support payments in North Carolina are overseen by the state's Department of Child Support Services, where you can open a case, enforce support orders or locate the other parent.

Legal aid

For child custody clinics and free legal assistance for low-income parents, visit Legal Aid of North Carolina, a nonprofit law firm.

For forms and information for parents representing themselves in court, visit Law Help NC. They provide legal resources, but not legal representation.

Parenting education and coordination

Parenting education classes help you understand child development and how family dynamics affect children. Check with your court for information on approved courses.

Another way to maintain a healthy co-parenting relationship is to hire a mediator or parent coordinator to help you resolve differences.

Our professional sources

For more help, consider reaching out to one of our sources. The people and offices listed below have helped us with the intricacies of child custody and visitation in North Carolina, and we hope they can help you, as well.

Amy Edwards Family Law
Amy Edwards, Attorney at Law
Greenville, NC

Batch, Poore & Williams, PC
J. Patrick Williams, Attorney at Law
Amy Miller, Paralegal
Raleigh, NC

Breeden Law Office
Jonathan Breeden, Attorney at Law
Garner, NC

Brown Goldsboro Law
Darrell Brown, Attorney at Law
Goldsboro, NC

Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law
Daphne Edwards, Attorney at Law
Raleigh, NC

The Hart Law Firm, P.A.
Jim Hart, Attorney at Law
Cary, NC

Kurtz Evans Whitley Guy & Simos, PLLC
Susan Simos, Attorney at Law
Winston-Salem, NC

Law Offices of Bull & Reinhardt
Adam Bull, Attorney at Law
Asheville, NC

The Law Office of Dustin S. McCrary, PLLC
Dustin McCrary, Attorney at Law
Statesville, NC

The Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, PLLC
J. Scott Smith, Attorney at Law
Winston-Salem, NC

Morrow, Porter, Vermitsky & Taylor, PLLC
John Vermitsky, Attorney at Law
Winston-Salem, NC

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