Helping You Ensure Your Child Is Supported And Cared For

Family attorney Ryan M. Tarrant understands that your children are of utmost importance. Even if the relationship between you and your partner is no longer workable, you want to ensure your children are able to have everything they need to thrive.

Issues of child custody and child support are often the most difficult part of a divorce. With the help of a specialist certified in family law, the process is often smoother, helping you and your family move forward.

Who Will Get Custody?

Contrary to what many believe, neither parent automatically gets custody of their children in divorce. Rather, family courts follow guidelines meant to determine what is in the best interests of the children. Both unmarried parents and parents going through a divorce must make an argument for what arrangement will be in their children's best interest.

In some cases, grandparents may be granted visitation or custody rights. If parents are in a continuous dispute, and there is evidence that the children would benefit from maintaining a relationship with grandparents, the grandparents may be granted custody. If there is evidence the parents are unfit and the children would benefit most from living with their grandparents, a court might grant such an arrangement.

If one parent has abandoned the child, usually meaning they have no contact with the child and are not involved in raising them, their parental rights may be terminated.

Determining Child Support Payments

North Carolina courts use a complex formula for determining child support payments based on, among other factors:

  • Parental income
  • Cost of work-related child care
  • Health insurance and medical costs
  • Child's living arrangements
  • Education expenses

Parents can petition the court to deviate from the child support guidelines, which is often common practice for children who have special needs. Parents with very high income are required to use a specific calculation to determine child support payments.

As a certified family law specialist, attorney Ryan Tarrant can help you gather the information you need to ensure these calculations are as accurate as possible. If one parent is not being transparent about their income, he can file a subpoena on your behalf to obtain the information you need.

Get The Expert Advice You Need

Tarrant Family Law is ready to provide you with the knowledge you need to do what's best for your kids. Call 919-829-2639 for guidance from an expert family lawyer in Raleigh. You can also reach the firm online using the contact form.