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Who is Entitled to Custody of a Child?

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

Child custody cases can be highly contested matters. This is because everyone fighting for custody of a child or children cares deeply for the child’s well-being and genuinely believes that they know what is best for them. While the vast majority of child custody cases involve parent versus parent, this is not exclusively the case. In fact, North Carolina General Statute Section 50-13.2 provides that “An order for custody of a minor child may grant joint custody to the parents, exclusive custody to one person, agency, organization, or institution, or grant custody to two or more persons, agencies, organizations, or institutions.” Essentially, this allows for courts to consider giving exclusive or joint custody to either parent, to a child protection agency, or to third party persons. This third party may …