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Best interests of the child standard and child custody cases

Just as parents take proactive steps to support their kids and see that their needs are met, so too do North Carolina courts work to meet the needs of the children whose legal interests pass through their chambers. To this end, courts that handle child custody matters follow a standard that places the best interests of the children at the forefront of all legal decisions that will affect the children's upbringing. Keep in mind, though, that all children are unique and have diverse needs. Therefore, courts may issue very different child custody orders depending upon the circumstances they encounter.

There are many factors that courts can weigh when deciding on a custodial arrangement that will serve a child's interests and meet their needs. A court may evaluate a child's relationship with their parents and may consider which parent, if either, would be a better full-time custodian for the child. The court will consider the parents' abilities to provide secure homes for the child and will also take into consideration any history of violence that may exist in the family or accusations of violence that may be lodged against one parent.

In the end, a court must decide where a child can safely and securely live following the separation or divorce of their parents. It must sift through a diversity of information about what a child needs, and in some cases, wants, to see happen with their custodial care.

The outcomes of child custody cases can look very different, because children and the needs that they possess are also very different. Parents who are in the process of establishing custodial plans for their kids are encouraged to seek individual legal counsel on their rights, and to not rely on the child custody plans of others.

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