Child Custody

North Carolina

What is Child Custody? 

Child custody refers to the legal and practical rights and responsibilities of a parent regarding their child’s upbringing, including decisions about residence, education, healthcare, and general well-being. Custody arrangements can be determined through court decisions or mutual agreements between parents, aiming to ensure the child’s best interests are prioritized.

What types of Custody are there?

Legal Custody

Legal custody is the right to make important decisions about a child’s life, such as those related to health, education, and religion. It can be granted primarily to one parent or shared between both parents.

Physical Custody

Physical custody is about deciding where the child will live and how time is shared between parents, with one parent often being the main caretaker. It determines who the child stays with most of the time.

Sole Custody

Sole custody is when one parent has full responsibility for the child, and the other parent has little or no visitation rights. This occurs if it’s proven that one parent is neglectful or abusive to the child, which is exceedingly rare .  

Joint Custody

Joint Custody is when both parents share taking care of their child and spending time with them, usually having an equal number of nights. It involves parents working together to make decisions and ensuring the child has a good relationship with both.

Split Custody

When one child lives mostly with one parent, and another sibling lives mostly with the other parent. This happens when both parents agree to separate the children’s living arrangements.

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