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Can I Modify My Out-of-State Custody Order in North Carolina?

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

For a parent to seek a modification of child custody orders, North Carolina law requires a showing of “changed circumstances by either party or anyone interested.” It is very common for courts to revisit child custody orders over time. The jobs, relationships, and living arrangements of the parents change over time, the children get older and have different needs and activities, and life keeps flowing. Modifications can get tricky, however, when it comes to custody orders from other states. This is because of a concept known as “jurisdiction.” Latin for “to speak the law”, jurisdiction refers to the ability of a court to consider a case and to issue an enforceable order. When it comes to child custody orders, the court that originally issued the child custody order retains sole …