Joint Custody

In most cases in NC it is preferred that parents share custody of the children. This may not be exactly a 50/50 split of time. The cases when you wouldn’t see joint custody may be due to the age of the child(very young), distance parents live apart, domestic violence, drugs, wishes of an older child…

This is also the best scenario for the children. My husband and his ex have joint physical custody with equal time, and joint legal custody. With this situation, the children do not have to choose one parent over the other. As long as the parents are amicable enough to work together on the big decisions then it really works out well…
NC defaults to joint legal custody unless specified regardless of who has primary physical custody.

Yes joint legal custody is commonly given in North Carolina and means that both parents have equal decision making rights when it comes to their children.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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I’m told that one parent can have custody while another parent has visitation rights. True? Is there such a thing as Joint Custody? I want to retain full rights to my children.