How child custody is determined will forever affect you and the child's life. It is important to have trusted counsel - contact our office for a confidential appointment as soon as possible. It is not a simple matter to determine whether an individual is or will be liable for child support. If you are concerned that you may be liable for support or wonder whether you are able to claim child support following a separation, please contact our offices.
The dissolution of a marriage often involves decisions regarding the custody of minor children. In North Carolina, a minor child is a person under the age of eighteen. Custody is usually an issue between parents who have separated or divorced, but custody issues can also involve grandparents, relatives, and even unrelated adults. Adoption is a special category of “custody” that also falls within the scope of family law. North Carolina law recognizes two custody categories: legal custody and physical custody.
Different custodial arrangements are permitted under North Carolina law, including the following:
(1) One parent may have both legal and physical custody, while the other has visitation privileges;
(2) Both parents may have joint legal custody and cooperate on major decisions regarding the child, but one has primary physical custody and the other has secondary physical custody;
(3) Both parents have joint legal custody and joint physical custody and cooperate on major decisions regarding the child, while the child lives with each parent during alternating periods of time. (4) “Split custody,” can occur where there is more than one minor child of the marriage. In split custody arrangements, each parent has primary physical custody of one or more of the children while both parents share joint legal custody of all of the children.
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