North Carolina Child Custody Factors

In North Carolina, the court shall consider all relevant factors including acts of domestic violence between the parties, the safety of the child, and the safety of either party from domestic violence by the other party and shall make findings accordingly. The goal of the court is to always protect the children an act in their best interests. The courts shall not favor one parent over the other on the basis of gender. (North Carolina Statutes - Chapter 50 - Sections: 50-13.2)

In North Carolina, as with all other states, the court will always be looking out for the best interests of the children. What you want or your spouse wants is not really relevant until the court says it is. Many parents go to custody hearings not realizing that they must portray themselves as the best custodial parent rather pleading to the court that they simply deserve the children. The court would much prefer the parents to decide who should have custody, but if they canít, the court will do it for them. You can also read more about North Carolina child custody in the North Carolina state statutes located at: