Family court was established in District 20 in March 1999 as a specialized court centered on the "One Judge - One Family" concept. Family court seeks to consolidate all domestic and juvenile court issues involving the same family before one judge team. 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.
Select family court judges hear cases involving juvenile neglect and abuse charges; termination of parental rights and adoptions; child custody and visitation rights; divorce and related financial issues like child support, alimony or equitable distribution of property.
Family court was established in District 20 in March 1999 as one of the first specialized courts centered on the "One Judge - One Family" concept. In January 2006 the four counties at that time (Anson/Richmond/Stanly/Union) split into two districts and therefore District 20A was established (Anson/Richmond/Stanly). In January 2015 Stanly County became a stand-alone District (20A) and Anson and Richmond Counties joined Judicial District 16A.
District 20 started as a Court Improvement Program (CIP) site in August 1997, then expanded to include management of domestic issues when funded by the legislature in March 1999.
Many thanks to the members of the North Carolina General Assembly, our family court is developing and implementing user-friendly court services for families to help them work through their legal issues. Stanly County Family Court is dedicated to families in our community because we believe functional families are the cornerstones in any successful community.