Is There a Child Custody Age Limit?
The age of majority in North Carolina is 18 and, thus, barring exceptional circumstances, custody orders will end at that age.
How Can Age Affect Child Custody?
North Carolina law does not specify any age at which a judge must listen to a child’s preferences as to custody. If a court is satisfied that a child can testify, the court will hear the testimony. However, whether to give any consideration to the child’s preference remains entirely in the judge’s discretion. The child can speak when it has reached the “age of discretion,” but the court does not need to act upon the child’s preference. The child’s preference is usually most impactful when both parents are stable and good parents.
When Can a Child Be Emancipated in North Carolina?
A child can seek emancipation in North Carolina when he or she is 16 years of age and has resided in the same county in North Carolina for the six months preceding the filing of the petition for emancipation. An emancipated minor can live with either parent or neither. The factors to be considered include:
- The parental need for the earnings of the child;
- The child’s ability to function as an adult;
- The child’s need to contract as an adult or to marry;
- The employment status of the child and the stability of the child’s living arrangements;
- The extent of family discord which may threaten reconciliation of the child with the child’s family;
- The child’s rejection of parental supervision or support; and
- The quality of existing parental supervision or support.
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If you have questions about tracking child custody issues, you should immediately consult with an experienced family law attorney. To schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable child custody attorney, call the law offices of Remington & Dixon today at 704-247-7110.
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Child Custody FAQs
How is child custody modified in North Carolina?
What factors are considered in granting custody?
The overwhelming deciding factor in child custody decisions in the best interest of the child. Factors that go into determining the child’s best interests include:
- Each parent’s living arrangements
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child
- Child’s relationship with each parent
- Any other factors affecting the welfare of the child
What kinds of custody are available in North Carolina?