Why do we have more than one family court?
In Mecklenburg County, North Carolina our family law division of the court system has several distinct sections. We have court for domestic violence, child support enforcement, as well as traditional family court. In theory this system was designed to bring things to conclusion in a more efficient manner. However, this is not always the case. Nobody would argue that Domestic Violence is an extremely serious thing which deserves immediate attention; therefore, Domestic Violence Court is arguably one of the most important facets of our Family Law courts.
Where things become murky is trying to justify a separate system for child support enforcement versus traditional family court which also addresses the issue of child support. For such a large County I understand and support the decision to have separate entities to address child support, but at present it is very difficult to have cases merged so that all child support issues can be addressed at one time. As frustrating as it is for attorneys who practice domestic law, I can only imagine how difficult it would be for parents to navigate said waters without an attorney.
When you’re trying to determine what amount your spouse must pay for the support your children or if you are trying to enforce the court’s decision about child support payments, please consult with an attorney. Our job is to pursue what is in the best interest of your children and to help you navigate the judicial system with that goal in mind. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Stiles Law.