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Supervised Visitation and Child Exchange

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

In North Carolina child custody cases, family courts are tasked with entering orders that are in the best interest of children. These courts operate under the belief that children are best served when they have a continued relationship with both parents. Therefore, courts will happily approve agreed parenting plans that allow for an ample visitation schedule between a noncustodial parent and a child. Even in contested custody cases, courts will generally order a generous visitation schedule between a parent and child. Despite this, courts must make decisions on a case-by-case, child-by-child basis, and there are circumstances that may result in limitations or restrictions of an “unfit” parent’s visitation rights to a child. Factors relating to this lack of fitness may include a parent’s history of domestic violence, absence from the …