Knoxville, TN asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for North Carolina

Q: Can a wife (who is a paralegal) take the kids if she catches her husband emotionally cheating? She thinks because she is

A paralegal that she has the upper hand and that everyone in the courthouse is in her back pocket.

1 Lawyer Answer
Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Most people who think of themselves as 'paralegals are really nothing more than administrative assistants at best and secretaries / receptionists at worst. However, bonafied paralegal or not, she likely does have some upper hand due to her potential connections but it is highly unlikely anyone is in the back pocket of a mere "paralegal". If she and the kids reside in NC and there is no court order or enforceable agreement in place to the contrary, she can take the kids whether the spouse is 'emotionally cheating' or not (just not out of state) and it will be up to the other parent to do something about it. The law in TN may be different. So it is a good idea to consult with a local family law attorney who can review the situation in more detail and lay out your options for you. Best of luck.

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