Change in Circumstance


#1

My attorney said there is a new law that states if there is any change in circumstance regarding child custody, an “expert” such as a psychologist or psychiatrist would have to testify that a change in custody would be in the best interest of the child or children. My attorney stated that if there was a change in circumstance with my children, it would cost me a least $75,000.00 to try to change custody and that it would have to go to the North Carolina State Supreme Court to challenge the “expert” law. This sounds outrageous to me. Is this true?


#2

I have heard of no such law. In order to change custody you need to demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances has occurred affecting the best interests of the child. While expert testimony could be useful it is not required.