When you file a claim for child custody in North Carolina, both parties must attend the Custody Mediation and Visitation Program pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 50-13.1. Upon completion of this program, the matter may then be set for hearing if the parties are unable to come to an agreement during mediation. There are circumstances where the Court will waive the mediation requirement. Those circumstances will not be analyzed in this blog.
If you plan to file a child custody action in North Carolina, you will be required to participate in a Custody Mediation Program. Each district in North Carolina has specific operational procedures laid out in their local rules, and the rules for each county can be viewed online at www.NCcourts.gov. Continue reading →