The basics of child custody in North Carolina…

Child Custody

In North Carolina, child custody is often settled by a voluntary agreement between the parents in the form of a parenting agreement, or some other private contract. There are only a small percentage of child custody disputes which are decided in the courtroom.

If your case is decided in court, the judge will consider a variety of factors in determining who will serve as the custodial parent, and which parent is the noncustodial parent. Most importantly, the judge will base his or her decision on what is in the best interests of the child. The court must follow the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines unless there are factors requiring deviation from the guidelines.

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