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What is “joint custody” in North Carolina?

This depends. North Carolina recognizes two types of custody – physical custody and legal custody. Often, parents assume that joint custody means they will share the child equally and this is not necessarily true. Legal custody refers to which parent will make the major decisions that affect the child such as medical, educational, religious and other important decisions. In most cases, the parents can still communicate well enough and are equally concerned about their children that the court will order the parents to share this decision-making responsibility and order joint legal custody. For physical custody, the schedule will be determined after considering a number of factors and the court is not required to follow a predetermined schedule. If the physical placement schedule is equal and the parents share the decision-making responsibility, then this is truly joint legal and joint physical custody.

Call the Law Office of John P. Fernandez if you have questions or need legal representation in a family law matter. John Fernandez is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. The laws of North Carolina may differ from other states and no information contained herein should be considered legal advice.

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John P. Fernandez | Child Custody and Divorce Lawyer | Raleigh, NCAttorney John Fernandez works with North Carolina individuals and families who need advice or representation in estate planning and administration matters. John provides an in-depth analysis of each client’s needs and works toward reducing estate taxes, avoiding probate and ensuring that health care decisions are handled appropriately. John helps individuals with modest and large estates achieve their goals.


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