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Grandparents Have Rights Too!

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

Grandparents are special to children; they provide endless love, admiration, and cookies. Under North Carolina law, a grandparent includes a biological grandparent of a child, a step-grandparent when the stepparent has adopted the child, or a relative of the child where a substantial grandparent-like relationship exists between the relative and the child. When custody of a child is challenged, there is a presumption in North Carolina that the parent is favored over a third party for the award of custody. In fact, parents have a constitutionally protected right to the care, custody, and control of their children. As the US Supreme Court has said, “It is cardinal with us that the custody, care and nurture of the child reside first in the parents, whose primary function and freedom include preparation …