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What Say Do You Have Regarding Your Child’s Education?

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

Your children’s education provides critical academic knowledge and socialization that really lays a foundation for their future success. As a parent, you take your child’s education very seriously, knowing that it is both an investment and an opportunity. Further, you understand that you have to advocate for your child and to help your child find the motivation to achieve academic success. When parents separate, the issue of education can be a very delicate one. First, parents often fight over who can have physical custody of the child, so the geographic location of the child’s school is a big deal. In addition, if your child has been in a school for a long time, then there is the factor of normalcy for the child and allowing them to stay at a …

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What is Joint Legal Custody?

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

Child custody issues comprise some of the most emotional and bitterly contested battles that our family law firm sees. The reason is obvious for anyone with kids: nothing in the world matters more than their safety, stability, and happiness. Physical Custody versus Legal Custody There are essentially two types of custody recognized by North Carolina family courts: legal and physical custody. Physical custody is what most people envision when they think of custody. It can be described as whom the child lives with, where the child lives, and when the child sees each parent. In contrast, legal custody encompasses the rights and duties of parents in making major parenting decisions regarding a child. These decisions include a child’s education, health and medical decisions, activities, and religious upbringing. Beyond the types …

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Considering Your Child’s Education

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

When parents separate or divorce, children simultaneously have to process the grief of their family unit splitting and the anxiety of what is going to happen to their day-to-day lives. It has a real and lasting impact on their emotional development. Divorce can be incredibly disruptive to children, who want to keep living in their home, going to their school, engaging in their extra-curricular activities, and seeing their friends. Unfortunately, it sometimes does not work out the way the children would wish. In fact, one of the battles that often brews in contested custody battles concerns the children’s education. Where children go to school is generally determined by where they live. This makes sense from a practical point of view, as children need to get ready in the morning and …

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Child Custody: A Primer

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

There is no area of law that gets as heated and emotional as child custody litigation. After all, parents are fighting for their children and are willing to do whatever it takes to win. If you are facing the prospect of a separation or divorce from the other parent of your child, you are becoming fully aware of this anxiety, fear, and rage. But before you make any rash or impulsive decisions, consider some free advice: find a way to cope with these intense feelings in a healthy way and take your next steps with the child’s emotional and physical health at the forefront of your mind. The Spirit of North Carolina’s Child Custody Laws The North Carolina General Statutes Subchapter 50-13.01 lays out the underlying purpose of the state’s …