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Enforcing a Custody Order from Another State

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is a uniform set of laws recognized and adopted by 49 states (including North Carolina). The purpose of these laws and their nationwide adoption are to provide guidance when multiple states are implicated in a child custody dispute, to address parental kidnapping, and to preempt dirty tactics in child custody disputes. These laws create a protocol for recognizing and enforcing existing child custody orders, of determining what court has jurisdiction to hear a custody matter for the first time, and for determining whether temporary orders are appropriate under the circumstances. Registration of Another State’s Custody Order If you have moved to North Carolina with a valid custody order from another state, then it would be wise to speak with a family …

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Separation and Your Child’s School

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

A separation is not only hard for you, but it represents a significant event in the life and development of your children. This is not lost on family courts or on child development experts, who recommend parents create as safe, stable, and amicable a situation for their children as possible. With this in mind, it is critical to address how to create normalcy for your children when it comes to the place they spend the majority of their week—their school. Communicate With Your Child’s School One of the tough aspects of a separation or divorce is that you have no control over the rumor mill. It is not much different for children in school, as they deal with other children who spread information or rumors about each other. When it …

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What to Do When Your Child Custody is Challenged

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

If you are a parent, the prospect of losing custody or access to your children can be a terrifying one. However, the Supreme Court of the United States has provided case law indicating that parents have a fundamental liberty regarding the “care, custody, and control” of their children, and North Carolina follows the same idea. However, as in all areas of law, there are almost always exceptions to every rule, so if you have been served with a lawsuit for custody or someone is threatening legal action regarding your children, it is important to take a deep breath, read the following, and speak with an experienced family law attorney. No Prior Order or Agreement Exists If you and the child’s other parent have never reached an agreement or obtained a …