Child Custody & Child Support

Child Custody
Most divorce decrees will include an order specifying the child custody privileges of each parent, and the topic of child custody often times triggers highly intense and contentious battles between the parties to any dissolution of marriage.

In the State of North Carolina, our courts do not automatically award custody to mothers and there is no pre-set age at which children are deemed capable of deciding for themselves with which parent they will live; judges evaluate each case individually and are charged with making a decision that is "in the best interests of the children."

But child custody outcomes do not have to be handed down from the bench. There are alternatives, such as arbitration, mediation, and settlement negotations, among others.

HBC believes fully that parents know their children better than any judge and he always will encourage feuding soon-to-be ex-spouses to set aside their hurt feelings and work together toward a quick and amicable solution.

Child Support
The issue of child support can cause a great deal of stress, anxiety, and consternation for each parent of any minor child. Harbinson & Brzykcy, Attorneys at Law knows first-hand that nothing in the world in more imperative than ensuring an appropriate and comprehensive plan is in place for your sons and daughters following a divorce.

When it comes to matters of child support, it customarily is the case that the noncustodial parent is ordered to provide financial assistance in accordance with North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. Payments typically continue until the children reach the age of the majority.

The algorithm that is used to determine how much of a contribution will be required by each parent incorporates the following factors: the incomes of each parent; child care expenses; costs for health (medical and dental) insurance of the children; current and previous child support obligations for other children; and any special needs considerations such as medical conditions or disabilities.