January 12, 2015 Blog

Raleigh Divorce Lawyer Explains Custody: Legal vs. Physical

In the United States today, approximately fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce. This increasing number of failing marriages gives rise to the need for divorcing parties to deal with a number of extremely sensitive, difficult and emotional issues, one of the biggest issues being rights to the child or children. In North Carolina, custody is based upon what a Judge finds to be in the “best interests” of the minor children. The “best interests of the children” standard is described by North Carolina courts as the “polar star” for determining custody.

In North Carolina, custody is comprised of two concepts: physical custody and legal custody. It is important for separating parents to understand the differences between these two types of custody and how they might impact a party’s parental rights:

If you are thinking about or are currently involved in a dispute involving the custody of minor children, it is important that you seek the advice of a family law attorney who can more fully explain the intricacies of North Carolina law and how your case may be affected.

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