CHILD CUSTODY & VISITATION
Child Custody and Visitation are terms that are often used interchangeably, however visitation is generally used to describe a lesser form of custody.
TYPES OF CUSTODY - LEGAL CUSTODY AND PHYSICAL CUSTODY
1. Physical custody governs where the minor child(ren) lives or is "physically present."
2. Legal custody deals with the decision making authority concerning the minor child.
Physical and Legal custody can be joint (shared) or sole (one person).
BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD ANALYSIS
In North Carolina, child custody is determined by analyzing what will be in the best interest of the minor child. What is in the minor child's best interest in determined on a case by case basis.