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In North Carolina, Temporary Parenting Arrangements (TPA’s) are temporary child custody orders typically used as a way to bridge the gap between the current time and the time at which the parties are able to schedule a trial or reach agreement in regards to permanent child custody. Depending on the NC county in which you live in, it can often take as long as 8-12 months to get your day in court for a child custody determination, whereas you can usually get in front of a judge for a TPA in 6-8 weeks, sometimes quicker.
Parties can enter into a TPA order by consent at any time during a child custody proceeding, but depending on the county in NC, may or may not be able to put the matter on in front of a judge. If your NC county allows for a TPA, you still may need to meet certain requirements prior to being granted a hearing.
There are a number of unique facts regarding TPA’s, including:
- TPA’s are entered without prejudice to either party
- TPA hearings are typically short in nature, usually lasting between 30 minutes and 1 hour
- A TPA may become a permanent child custody order automatically due to the passage of time in certain situations
- Some counties allow affidavits in support of TPA motions and hearings
For a more in depth explanation on TPA’s and the information provided here, please view our full blog on temporary parenting arrangements in North Carolina. Located in Mecklenburg or Cabarrus county in NC and need assistance with a temporary parenting arrangement or other item related to a child custody dispute? We can help. Contact us with the information below to speak with an attorney today.
Written by Bill and Valerie Hunter
Hunter & Hein, Attorneys at Law, PLLC