I am involved in a contested custody case and I believe my child is in danger when he/she visits the other parent.
If you truly believe that your child is in danger, you should immediately contact Child Protective Services (CPS) at the Department of Social Services (DSS) in your county and/or law enforcement.
What are your fees?
We accept all judicial appointments regardless of a client's ability to pay. There are no fees for Chapter 50B domestic violence cases. A sliding scale fee plan is available for high conflict custody cases and education issues. The Court does not compensate CLC for its work. Generous donors and grants make it possible for us to represent children who need our help.
What is a Guardian ad Litem?
A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) acts as an extra set of impartial eyes and ears for District Court judges.
GALs thoroughly investigate home and school environments. They interview the child, parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, medical personnel and other witnesses as they gather the necessary information to prepare unbiased reports for District Court judges. GALs represent the best interests of the child in all court proceedings.
CLC's Guardians ad Litem include staff, local attorneys providing pro bono services, students in the Wake Forest University School of Law Child Advocacy Clinic, and interns.
My school district is not providing services that my child needs based upon his Individual Education Plan (IEP). Can you help?
CLC attorneys are pleased to assist children with disabilities receive the services they need. We would be happy to help facilitate communication between you and school officials.
Frequently Asked Questions
My child has been suspended from school and is facing other disciplinary actions. Can you help?
We would be happy to discuss the specifics of the situation with you and investigate on your child's behalf.
I would like CLC to become involved in my custody case. Can you file a motion for me?
While we cannot offer advice or act on behalf of an adult, the CLC may become involved on the child's behalf in a contested Chapter 50 custody case in three ways:
At the discretion of the District Court judge. Judges in Forsyth County often appoint the CLC as a Guardian ad Litem when issues of concern are raised in court.
One of the parties in the case may file a motion to have the CLC appointed as Guardian ad Litem. The CLC cannot file this motion. You or your attorney should file the motion with the court.
With the consent of both parties. If both parties in the case agree that a Guardian ad Litem would be useful in determining custody and visitation, they may request that the CLC be appointed to the case.
My spouse filed for divorce and requested custody of our children. Can you help me get custody?
No, the CLC cannot act on behalf of adults. We represent the best interests of children from 0-18. You will need to find an attorney to act in your interest.