Change in Circumstances

In order to get definitive advice you would need to meet with an attorney and discuss the specifics of your case with an attorney. However, the introduction of a new sibling would likely be a factor the court would consider in determining whether a change in custody is appropriate.

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I am a re-married Dad and have been divorced from my first wife for over 6.5 years. My ex (who never remarried) and I have a seven year old together. My new wife and I are expecting our first child in a few months. I live in a nearby state to NC, and have over the last 6 or so years never missed a single weekend visitation with my child. Now that I am expecting a new child, I would like to go to Court in the belief that it would be in the best interest of the child for visitation to be significantly modified to enable my child to bond and form a sibling relationship. My thought is I am seeking about 8 weeks of the summer, spring break and most of winter break (alternating Christmas each year), in addition to normal weekend visitation. I do believe any normal individual (judges included) would believe that it is in the best interest of a child to develop a sibling, loving relationship. Please let me know what NC law is or any precedence in this regard. I would like advise prior. Thank you.