One of the most important and contested issues in a divorce or when two parents are not married and are living separately is that of child custody. These arrangements must be carefully thought through considering many factors such as the emotional, social, and physical well-being of the child as well as the parents’ schedules and other logistics. These are not simple issues, and there are no cookie-cutter answers.
However, when you hire a skilled Charlotte family attorney from the Blood Law Firm, we work tirelessly to find solutions and negotiate on your behalf. We want the best for you and your children, and we do everything we can to give it to you.
Who Is Entitled To Child Custody In North Carolina?
Child custody and proceedings for child custody are covered extensively under North Carolina laws. To grant custody, the court must come to the careful conclusion that the custodian is the person who is the best fit for the child and their interests.
If both the mother and father are equal in being the best fit for the child, they both have equal rights to legal and physical custody of the child. Unlike past logic, there is no presumption that the mother is better for the child as a custodian as the father. In general, biological or adoptive parents are given preference over third parties when it comes to the custody of their children. If you believe your child’s other parent or other custodian is not fit, speak to a lawyer about your legal options for challenging custody arrangements in court.
Your Options For Child Custody
Custody can be a complex issue with different options available to parents. What works for some families may not work for others. Parents, along with their lawyer and the courts, need to examine their own situations to come up with the best custody solution that works in the best interest of the children. The following are different custody options that might be available to you:
- Sole legal custody: One adult has sole decision-making authority on issues impacting the child, such as religion, education, and medical issues. The person who has sole legal custody often has primary physical custody of the child.
- Joint legal custody: There is shared decision making over the issues mentioned above. Both parties must discuss these issues in advance and come to an agreement. Even if there is joint legal custody, there may not be joint physical custody. Joint legal custody is not possible unless both parents can communicate and cooperate in the best interest of the child.
- Physical custody: Parents can have joint physical custody, but one parent is usually granted primary custody while the other has secondary custody or visitation rights.
Need Help With Custody Arrangements? Call A Compassionate Charlotte Family Law Firm
At Blood Law, we know how emotional and sensitive custody issues can be. We take your concerns seriously and do whatever it takes to achieve the best outcome for you and your child. We can explain all of your options, help you explore which might be the best fit for you and your children, and then fight to make them a reality.
For your no-obligation case evaluation from an experienced Charlotte attorney, call Blood Law today at 704.946.8083 or use our convenient online contact form.