Compassionate Attorneys Manage Child Custody and Child Support Disputes in Asheville
Resolving issues vital to your child’s future
Child custody is one of the most difficult issues a parent faces during divorce. The attorneys at Montford Family Law are dedicated to protecting your rights to raise your child in a healthy, thriving environment. We represent parents in Western North Carolina in all aspects of child custody and visitation, including:
- Primary and joint custody arrangements
- Visitation rights
- Grandparent visitation
- Modification of custody and visitation orders
- Enforcement of orders
Reliable counsel provides advantages in mediation
Children are best served when parents maintain a cordial relationship. Through the structured process of mediation, couples can often set aside hostility and agree on key decisions affecting their children. Mediation can be a highly-effective tool for parents to preserve their children’s well-being and the stability of their lives during the turbulent process of divorce. Mediation takes some of the stress out of child custody conflicts and puts important child-rearing decisions in the hands of the parents rather than the court. Our attorneys meticulously develop mediation strategies that carefully guide the negotiating process toward healthy resolution.
Skilled litigation in family court
In some cases, litigation is necessary to protect a child’s best interests. When one parent refuses to compromise or expresses hostility toward the other parent, negotiations fail. Sometimes a parent may even pose a danger to the child’s well-being. In these cases, litigation is the most appropriate forum for protecting a child. Our firm’s methodical approach to litigation enables you to feel confident that your children are protected and your parental rights are secure.
Established Child Support Lawyer Resolves Conflicts in Asheville
Parents must consider not only how divorce affects them, but also how it affects their children — both emotionally and financially. At Montford Family Law, our skilled Asheville attorneys are experienced in all family law matters. We help you obtain a fair and reasonable child support arrangement that allows you to raise your child in a safe and healthy environment.
We help parents:
- Understand child support guidelines
- Negotiate child support through mediation
- Litigate child support issues
- Enforce child support orders
- Modify child support orders
North Carolina law establishes general child support guidelines. Our attorneys help you understand the basis of these guidelines and how they apply to you. We’re committed to achieving the best possible financial solutions within the guidelines. That begins with using the discovery process to compel a full, truthful financial disclosure, so the court can calculate basic child support with accurate data. Affluent couples must often deal with issues beyond basic child support, such as payments for private school tuition, sports and enrichment activities. We help you obtain support payments that best accommodate your financial circumstances and most appropriately provide for your child’s needs.
In certain cases, it may be appropriate to deviate from the N.C. Child Support Guidelines, and, in those cases, it is important that you have an experienced family law attorney to properly seek such deviation, so your child’s reasonable needs are met
Child support settlements through mediation
Through the structured process of mediation, couples can put aside their differences and focus on the one objective where they tend to agree — their children’s well-being. Mediation presents a forum for creating fair child support plans that allow both parents to share in the financial obligations of raising their children. Our skilled negotiators can guide the process toward equitable solutions.
Litigation of child support
In some cases, litigation is necessary for your child to receive fair financial support from both parents. Our attorneys methodically prepare for litigation to achieve the most equitable support arrangement for your child.
Enforcement and modification of child support
If your spouse has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your child. At Montford Family Law, we guide you through the process of enforcing your child support order.
Of course, financial problems or the changing needs of your children may alter your circumstances. Still, you must continue to pay child support at the current level until the court modifies your order. Our attorneys help you petition expeditiously for a modification to avoid undue hardship.