Family Court was established in Durham County in March 1999 as a specialized court centered on the “One Judge – One Family” concept. Durham is one of fourteen judicial districts in North Carolina offering Family Court as one of its core functions of the judicial system. Our Family Court staff works with Family Court judges and the court community to efficiently process family related issues toward a fair, just and prompt resolution. Family Court judges are specially trained judges who hear family related issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution of property, domestic violence, allegations of abused, neglected or dependent children, allegations of delinquent or undisciplined children, and termination of parental rights. Family Court seeks to consolidate all domestic and juvenile court issues involving the same family before one judge. Family Court incorporates administrative practices, such as monitoring whether cases are resolved according to time standard goals or statutes, which promote timely resolution of family legal issues.
The mission of our Family Court is to provide a less adversarial forum for the fair, just, and prompt resolution of family disputes. The Family Court will utilize the least intrusive intervention necessary, provide individualized response by linking families with appropriate community resources, and offer a full complement of alternative dispute resolution options. We pledge to treat all with courtesy, professionalism, and respect.
Thanks to the members of the North Carolina General Assembly, Family Courts in North Carolina are developing and implementing user-friendly court services for families to help them work through their legal issues. We are dedicated to families in our community because we believe functional families are the cornerstones in any successful community.