Christina Rivenbark & Associates ATTORNEYS AT LAW

How is child custody determined?

Parents in North Carolina who are going through a divorce have many hard decisions to make. One of the toughest is custody of the children. As in most states, custody decisions in North Carolina are based off what is best for the child. While parents are encouraged to communicate and make the decision together, the court can make the determination if the parents are unable to do so.

According to the North Carolina Bar Association, fathers and mothers have equal rights when it comes to who gets custody over the child. There are different types of custody that may be chosen, and they are as follows:

  • Sole custody - one parent typically has primary custody and makes all the decisions related to the child's care
  • Joint legal custody - parents do not have shared physical custody but both are involved in the decision-making process
  • Joint custody - parents share physical custody and are both involved in making decisions 

Parents who are able to communicate effectively and come to an amicable decision about custody tend to raise healthier and happier children. If parents are unable to make the decision themselves, mediation is highly recommended. 

The North Carolina Court System discusses how a third-party mediator helps walk the couple through important decisions surrounding custody. These include the amount of time each parent will spend with the child and how holidays are established, how decisions and resolutions are to be made and all other considerations that relate to family matters. When mediation does not work, the court will hear evidence from each side and make the decision.

 

 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Free Initial Consultation Contact Us Today To Get The Help You Need

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
Name
Phone
Brief description of your legal issue
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response

Payment Methods

  • VISA
  • master card
  • DISCOVER NETWORK

4009 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Phone: 910-338-9813
Fax: 910-395-8391
Wilmington Law Office Map