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What Makes a Parent Unfit?

In Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

The significance of the parent-child relationship cannot be understated. Legally, it has constitutional dimensions and public policy in North Carolina and the country dictate that parents should generally have rights and ample access to their children. However, these rights and presumptions are not absolute. This is particularly salient in situations where a person has demonstrated himself or herself to be an unfit parent. Limiting a Parent’s Access to the Child In any custody determination, courts in North Carolina are required to enter orders that “promote the best interest and welfare of the child”. What this usually means is some form of ample custody, access, and visitation that promotes the continued parent child-relationship and bond. However, in reaching these decisions, the court also has the discretion to “consider all relevant factors …