In North Carolina, child custody agreements can be formalized as part of a separation agreement. In an ideal scenario, parents are able to work together to reach an agreement on how to share custody of their children. In cases where the parents can agree on a custodial arrangement, the agreement should be formalized in a separation agreement to avoid future disputes.
In cases that cannot be resolved out of court, we will advocate for you to protect your custodial rights in court. Once the matter goes to court, the judge will make a custody ruling based on the best interest of the child standard. While the court can consider many factors in order to decide what is in the child’s best interest, there is no preference towards the mother or father.