Both Must Be Determined
One of the more contentious parts of a divorce is determining child custody, as it's understandable for a child's parent to want to spend as much time with their child as they can. It's important to know the two types of custody in North Carolina: physical and legal, and the differences between them. Read on to learn more.
Physical custody is defined as the right to have a child live with you. This can be either sole physical custody or joint physical custody. In North Carolina, physical custody is determined based on what outcome would meet the child's best interests. There are several factors the court will use when they make a decision on physical custody, including:
The age and health of the child
The relationship between the child and each parent
Which parent has been the primary caretaker
The work schedules of each parent
The distance between the homes of each parent
The ability of each parent to provide a stable home environment
Any history of abuse or neglect by either parent
On the other hand, legal custody refers to decision-making power regarding the child’s education, medical care, and religious upbringing. Both parents typically share legal custody unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as drug or alcohol abuse.
When one parent is awarded sole legal custody, the other parent still has the right to be informed about decisions made regarding their child’s welfare and to give their opinion. Similar to physical custody, the courts will lean on meeting the child's best interests when making a decision about legal custody.
Working with an Attorney
If you are seeking physical or legal custody of your child in North Carolina, it is crucial to discuss your concerns with an attorney who can help you navigate the process and ensure that your rights are protected. Custody battles can be complex and emotionally charged, but with the right legal representation, you can give yourself the best chance at a favorable outcome.
At Blood Law, PLLC, your child's best interests are our priority. Our goal is to find the outcome that meets your needs and the needs of your child.
Learn more about child custody matters in North Carolina or schedule a consultation with a member of our team by calling us at (704) 286-0570 or by visiting our website.