Whether going through a divorce or not, disputes regarding child custody can be emotionally challenging amongst parents. Determining a custody arrangement can be very difficult and such an arrangement typically has a lasting impact on children’s lives. It is essential that you understand your parental rights in resolving issues such as physical and legal custody. While ideally it is best for parents to resolve these issues outside of the courtroom, we understand that sometimes that may not be a viable option. If your case does go to court, the attorneys at Parton Buckingham, PLLC will work closely with you to protect your parental rights and help you obtain a result that is in your children’s best interest.
Physical v. Legal Custody
In North Carolina, there are two types of child custody, physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to the physical care and supervision of the child, which can be either one parent having sole custody of the children or both parents having joint custody of the children. Sole custody means that one parent has physical, exclusive care over the child and the other party has visitation. Joint custody means any shared arrangement that the parties or a judge decides is in the best interest of the child. On the other hand, legal custody refers to the right to make major decisions affecting the child’s life, health, and education.
How North Carolina Courts Decide Child Custody
If your case goes to court, a judge will make a custody decision based on what is the in best interest of your child. A judge may consider several relevant factors in making a custody determination, including, but not limited to the following:
The safety of the child
The home environment of the parents
Acts of domestic violence between the parents
The child’s relationship with the parents
The child’s preference, if the child is older than 12 years old
A proficient and experienced attorney can guide you through the child custody process and be able to determine the best evidence that supports your case. The family law attorneys at Parton Buckingham, PLLC will work with you and present the relevant information that accurately reflects a child custody arrangement that is in your child’s best interest.
For More Information on Child Custody
To schedule a consultation to discuss your child custody matter with one of the family law attorneys at Parton Buckingham, PLLC, please call us at 704-376-4488.