One of the most stressful aspects of parents divorcing or separating is handling child custody. This is especially difficult when both parents are equally fit and wanting the same type of custody. At Morgenstern & Associates, we understand how hard this time is for families. We make it our priority to handle your child custody needs carefully. With a combined 32 years of experience, we know North Carolina child custody laws thoroughly. Thus, our associates are well-positioned to help your individual case.
Two Types of North Carolina Child Custody Laws
Many people do not realize that there are two types of child custody. They are different, yet both important.
Legal custody gives a parent the legal ability to make important decisions in a child’s life. These decisions include, but are not limited to, their religious upbringing, medical decisions and education. The parent with this type of custody can make these decisions without the other parent’s consent.
Physical custody determines which parent a child lives with. Often, one parent has sole physical custody and the other has visitation rights. Sole physical custody is a popular custody choice, since the child maintains a normal day-to-day routine. No two families are alike, so no two custody cases are the same. We can help make this transition time smooth and work for all parties involved.
Joint and Sole Custody
We will help you navigate through confusing legal jargon. Additionally, we will help you determine what type of custody works best for your family. Sole custody refers to one parent having complete authority over a child’s legal and physical rights. While joint custody divides authority among the child’s legal, or physical rights. Again, every case is different, so every solution is unique. It is always best to have your lawyer help with these decisions to avoid problems in the future.
At Morgenstern & Associates, we believe in the best interest of the child. Just as the courts will follow a “best interest of the child” standard. We take into consideration multiple factors when helping you navigate these difficult decisions. Let us help you with our knowledge of North Carolina child custody laws and their impact on your situation.