Family court litigants frequently consult the following related web pages within the North Carolina court system:
Unified Family Courts
The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) facilitates the development, implementation, oversight and support of all family court districts through the Court Programs and Management Services Division. Locally, family courts are operated under the authority of the chief district court judge with the assistance of a family court administrator who oversees the daily operations of the court, including supervision of family court staff and case management.
The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) is the administrative agency for the Judicial Branch, providing statewide support services for the courts (including information, technology, personnel, financial, legal, research and purchasing services). The director of the NCAOC is appointed by the chief justice but has independent statutory responsibility for the administration of the court system. The assistant director is also appointed by the chief justice and serves as the administrative assistant to the chief justice.
Clerk of Court
The voters of the county elect the clerk of superior court for a four-year term. Clerks are paid by the state, with their salaries scaled in accordance with the population of their counties. As one would expect, the clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the superior court and district court. However, the clerk also has numerous judicial functions and hears a variety of special proceedings.
Councils & Commissions
The Judicial Branch of government has a number of councils and commissions each with its own unique charge. This site will link you to several of these councils and commissions, most of which were created under the authority of the General Assembly.
Child Custody Mediation
NC Child Custody and Visitation Mediators are professionals with at least a master's degree and extensive training in the field of Family Mediation. They are employed by the District Court and approved by both the local Chief District Judge and the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Guardian ad Litem Program
Since 1983, the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program has served the best interests of thousands of children. Many were able to return home, some now live with other family members, and still others have been adopted. The GAL Program tries to ensure that all of the children represented remain safe, and that their homes are permanent.