In Family Law, child custody issues tend to be the most difficult matters. Typically, both parents want to spend as much time as possible with their child(ren), which often leads to conflict.
Ideally, child custody agreements are entered into outside of court. Parents, after all, know their children more intimately than judges and are better able to determine what is best for their child. If the parents are agreeable, such agreements are preferable to litigation.
What is child custody in North Carolina? In North Carolina, there are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody concerns decision-making. The parent who holds legal custody is able to make important decisions regarding the child’s education, religion, medical procedures, and activities. Physical custody, on the other hand, concerns where the child lives. The parent who holds primary physical custody resides with the child(ren) and provides the child(ren) with physical care.
What is the difference between sole custody and joint custody in North Carolina? Legal custody and physical custody may be held exclusively by one parent (sole) or shared between both parents (joint). A parent may hold sole legal custody, sole physical custody, or both. A parent may also hold sole legal custody and have joint physical custody. It really comes down to what arrangement is agreed to by the parents or what the court deems is in the best interests of the child.
If you need legal advice concerning child custody in Huntersville NC, and would like to speak with a child custody attorney in Huntersville NC, please contact Adkins Law to schedule a child custody consultation. A child custody lawyer from Adkins Law can provide you with child custody legal advice. If Adkins Law is unable to provide you with the legal advice or legal assistance that you need, we will put you in touch with the best child custody attorney possible.