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What standard does the court use in deciding custody?

In North Carolina, the judge decides all custody issues based on what the judge concludes will promote the best interests and welfare of the minor child. Neither parent is presumed to be better able to promote the best interest of the child. In fact, in North Carolina, until a court makes a custody decision or the parties reach agreement, both parents have equal rights to the child. The key is the best interest of the child – not what is convenient or better for the parent.

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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