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Child Custody in North Carolina

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017

Divorce is a nasty thing, and it is not something most people want to talk about. Even so, it is incredibly common. It is a frequently cited fact that approximately half of all marriages end in divorce. While all divorces are unpleasant, among the most emotionally taxing are those that involve children. While many (former) couples are able to come to some sort of agreement involving visitation, it is incredibly common that one parent ends up with primary custody, leaving the other parent with maybe as little as one weekend a month. But wait, it gets worse! When it comes to child support payments, many of the noncustodial parents in North Carolina are not paying, making an often tense situation even worse.

According to this North Carolina news site, even as recently as 2015, millions of dollars worth of child support payments had gone unpaid. In addition, from the five years leading up to 2015, only 65% of the child support payments had been collected. According to demographics from The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, the overwhelming majority of custodial parents that are eligible to receive child support are women: 89%. As far as North Carolina is concerned, this means that most of the remaining 35% of funds yet to be collected are not going to the women who need it. In addition, 29% of those eligible are below the federal poverty level, so these families rely extremely heavily on the funds provided by child support: up to 45% of a family’s income in some cases. These poor families who do not receive their payments end up costing the taxpayer since they make greater use of food stamps and other forms of aid. The reason cited for these nonpayments is that noncustodial parents either do not have jobs or the ones they do pay far too little to sustain both themselves and their child. Of course, even with wage garnishing and a court order, many people are still refusing to pay for support due to poor enforcement, and some people who owe support may never end up paying the full amount.

Add in the fact that North Carolina legal aid funding has been cut, and those suffering from poverty have few options when it comes to divorce lawyers in Raleigh that can help soon-to-be-ex couples sort out their most valuable assets: their children. The reassuring portion of this news is that of the remaining funds, most will still go to victims of domestic violence and for child custody cases. Even so, North Carolina needs to make a greater effort in ensuring that non-custodial parents pay their fair share for child support. Raising the minimum wage so that more people are incentivized to get jobs and stay off of the welfare system might be a great start. It should also be a requirement that the custodial parent has a full-time job as well, to ensure that both parents are putting in everything they can.

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Child Custody

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015

The divorce rate in the US is quite high, which means that visitation and custody problems can also be common. About one million children are affected by divorce each year, and children who are born in 2013 would function as the focus of custody proceedings before they are 18.

In an effort to to maintain the best interest of the youngster, the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act was suggested, which is intended to help it to be easier to enforce deals even when beyond the state where the divorce was given. However, just 25 have introduced it, including TX, therefore, the work is unable to serve as a foundation for inducing conformity, if the originating condition is not in conformity.

This can be an issue in the event the divorce was controversial, and visitation privileges and child-custody are being challenged despite the determination of the court. A post on the site of Arenson Law Group, PC highlights the necessity to know adult rights in regards to child custody problems, notably if is an issue of parental kidnapping that might not be easy to establish outside the granting condition. Knowing these situations can greatly help in dealing with them.

Exacerbating the divorce rate is the fact that American society is extremely nomadic. It is not uncommon that after a divorce, both parents or one may relocate to some other state to get a fresh start. This has impacts for child-custody and visitation agreements not just as it makes it more challenging for the non-custodial parent but also because states aren’t necessarily in a mutual enforcement of another state’s custody and visitation arrangements.It makes it more difficult to ascertain the best interest of the child when parents are separated.

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