Greetings. Thank you for your comments on our website. Wow, what loaded questions. Let’s see what I can do for you:
It depends on the situation. The majority of our clients have other spouses that are good parents also, so we recommend joint custody. In some cases the parties cannot co-parent and get along, so then I may recommend sole custody. I also recommend sole custody when there is alienation on one side or abuse. We try to start with joint custody and go from there.
I tried to answer this in #1 above. Generally, we recommend joint custody. We base our recommendations on what we believe the court will do in a similar situation if the parties had to go to court.
Yes. For instance, I had a client that had a base salary of approximately $30,000.00 per year. With bonuses my client made in excess of $60,000.00 per year, but the bonuses were paid only on a bi-yearly or quarterly basis. This situation is not dealt with well on the guidelines and my client actually had to pay on a monthly basis as if he made $60,000 a year salary, when he should have paid (in my humble opinion) on the basis of his actual salary with a percentage of bonuses going to child support also. That was one example. Let me know if you have other questions. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607