North CarolinaNorth Carolina

Child Custody

Know Your Rights > Self-Help Forms

  • Free Child Custody Clinic

    Legal Aid of North Carolina's free child custody clinic teaches participants how to file a child custody action in court without an attorney. We will also discuss visitation. We provide a packet with legal documents and an instructional video. At the end of the video, participants can ask general questions to a volunteer attorney through the webinar. Specific legal advice is not provided at these clinics. Clinics are located in many NC counties. If you do not see a clinic in your city or county, please check the surrounding counties in your area. Content Detail

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Custody Web Page

    New! Information on filing for custody in North Carolina has been gathered into a single web page, to make it easy to find what you need. Content Detail

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Custody Packets for North Carolina

    A comprehensive set of packets with instructions and North Carolina court forms for either a parent who wishes to file for custody against the other parent, or a non-parent who wishes to file against both parents. The court forms may be completed by hand. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Filing for Custody: What forms are required and where to get them

    This resource is for low- and moderate-income North Carolinians who wish to file for custody without a lawyer. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Filing for Custody Without a Lawyer - Helpful Information

    Excerpts from the custody packet and website developed for persons seeking to file for custody without a lawyer. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Custody: Preparing to File for Custody Without a Lawyer

    This document explains what forms are required, where to obtain the forms, where to file, and what information you will need to complete the forms. Content Detail

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Custody: Giving Notice to the Defendant

    This PDF document explains how the defendant in a custody case is informed about the custody lawsuit. Informing the defendant is called "serving" the defendant, and the process is referred to as "service". Content Detail

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Custody: Online Interviews

    This resource provides access to a collection of online interviews for persons who wish to file for custody in North Carolina without a lawyer. The interviews were created by Legal Aid of North Carolina and are hosted on the LawHelpInteractive national server. The interviews use a question-and-answer format to generate the forms needed to file for custody in North Carolina. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Custody: Practical Tips when filing for custody without a lawyer

    This document lists several practical tips for people planning to file for custody on their own without a lawyer. Content Detail

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Filing for Custody: When to seek advice from a lawyer

    A list of situations in which advice from a lawyer should be sought before filing for custody pro se Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid of North Carolina