It should come as no surprise that Millennials both in the Charlotte area and throughout the country are putting their own stamp on marriage and relationships.
For instance, many of them, once they do get married, seem to be in it for the long haul, as they are divorcing at rates much lower than that of their predecessors. However, the flip side to this is that many of them choose either to delay marriage or not get married at all, even though they do continue to have relationships and cohabit.
What this means when it comes to custody cases is that, over time, there will likely be a greater need for paternity actions and related orders for child support, child custody and the like. After all, should an unmarried couple have children together and then split up, such orders may be a necessity.
Although custody-related issues between unmarried couples have some unique elements to them, in many other respects, they are the same as what divorcing couples face.
Should they not be able to reach an agreement with the other spouse, then a parent wanting custody will have to present his or her case to a judge. This will often require that they compile evidence and organize it into a legal argument that is likely to be persuasive to a court. A family law attorney can be helpful in this respect.
Moreover, even when an unmarried couple is on the same page when it comes to parenting, or, for that matter, are living together with their children, taking the appropriate legal steps to set up a child custody and parenting time order may still be a good idea.