What Is the Default Child Custody Arrangement in North Carolina?

Child custody battles are never easy and often take a toll on everyone involved.

Many parents are unaware of the default custody arrangement in North Carolina, which can confuse and add stress during an already difficult time.

In this blog post, we will provide all the information you need about the default arrangement for child custody in North Carolina.

The 50/50 Custody Arrangement

When it comes to child custody in North Carolina, the default arrangement is 50/50 custody. This means that both parents start on equal footing, assuming that no issues are preventing either parent from having custody of the child, such as being in jail or having a history of child abuse.

This 50/50 arrangement is like a rubber band; the more one parent tries to pull away from it, the more resistance they will face from a judge.

It’s essential to understand that North Carolina judges are trained to start with the 50/50 arrangement, and it takes a lot of convincing to sway them in a different direction. Because of this, if you seek primary custody or a modified child custody arrangement, you must present a strong argument and evidence to support your case.

What If One Parent Is Unsafe for the Children?

In cases where one parent poses a threat to the child’s safety, the default 50/50 custody arrangement may not be appropriate. In such situations, the parent seeking a different custody arrangement must provide evidence of the other parent’s unfitness.

This can be challenging to do without legal assistance, which is why it’s advisable to seek the help of an experienced child custody lawyer.

At Apple Payne Law, we have been handling custody cases for over a decade, and our attorneys have the expertise to help you present the best possible case to the judge. We understand that your children’s safety and well-being are paramount, and we are committed to fighting for what is best for them.

Consult With an Attorney

If you are facing a child custody battle, consulting with an experienced family law attorney is crucial. At Apple Payne Law, we offer low-cost consultations to discuss the specifics of your case and provide guidance on the best course of action.

You can contact us on our website or by calling our office. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping parents navigate the complex world of child custody and ensuring that the children’s best interests are always at the forefront of our representation.

Author Bio

Ronald D. Payne II
Ronald D. Payne II is the CEO and Managing Attorney of Apple Payne Law, a North Carolina law firm he founded in 2018. With more than 11 years of experience practicing law, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of legal matters, including business law, estate planning, family law, probate, and traffic law.

Ronald received his Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being awarded the 2020 Client’s Choice Award by Avvo and multiple Rising Star awards from Super Lawyers.

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