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Child Custody and Unmarried Parents

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

In North Carolina child custody cases, the law treats married mothers and fathers equally when it comes to custody and parenting time. This is because there is a presumption that if parents are married at the time of conception or prior to the child’s birth, that the man is the child’s legal father. However, when it comes to unmarried parents, the matter becomes more complicated. Unmarried But Together Couples are increasingly bucking the tradition of getting married before having children. In fact, some couples feel like a commitment to each other is enough and choose to forgo marriage entirely. With this decision, however, may come unforeseen legal challenges. Even if an unmarried couple is together, a child’s biological father is not automatically the child’s legal father. The father and mother …