Decisions regarding the well being of your children are some of the most challenging emotional issues a parent can endure, especially in the face of fear brought by changes a separation of family always causes. Monty Beck has helped many families overcome the seemingly endless hurdles that come with resolutions of issues like child support and custody.
The North Carolina courts follow statutory requirements, restrictions, and guidelines relative to child support. The court’s approach is more mathematical than you may imagine. When the parents’ combined gross income is $25,000 monthly or less, child support is calculated using these factors:
- the number of children
- time spent together by children and parents
- parental gross income
- financial contributions for medical insurance and child care
- agreements from previous marriages for child support
- the number of children from prior marriages and relationships
- extraordinary expenses, such as private school tuition, travel expenses for children to visit with the parents, and extraordinary medical and dental expenses for the children
Ultimately, mediation provides the best opportunity to create solutions between parents that provide for the best interest of the children. Research shows agreements made through mediation are more willingly followed by both parties than those determined by the courts. Mediation allows for goal oriented planning which helps you make solid decisions for the future of your children. Strategic negotiation ensures that those goals can be met. When parents cannot find common ground for the best interest of the children, there are generally other elements to be considered that extend beyond the ending of a marriage.
While custody of your children is considered in every divorce, Monty focuses on helping you create a plan with the happiness of your kids in mind. Keeping everyone focused on that goal helps families find the best solutions for the benefit of their unique family dynamics.
When parents are not able to come to an agreement on the fundamental issue of child custody, there is almost always an element involved that no amount of creativity or legal expertise will be able to overcome. In these cases, child custody litigation can be very expensive. Because of this, Monty Beck offers a very limited and selective child custody practice.