Joint Custody




Is this a lawyer confirming that someone has to be listed as primary?

Jimmy Mendenhall


There is no requirement that a parent be listed as primary custodian. Often we do specify a parent in order to make it easier to determine who will be a primary decision maker if there are issues in the future, however, there is no requirement that it be included.

Lisa M. Angel
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 781-1741 direct voice
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If both parents agree on joint custody, does one of them have to be listed as Primary custodian in North Carolina?

Jimmy Mendenhall