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Child Custody Part 5: Grandparent Visitation and Custody

Over the course of the past several blog posts, our child custody lawyer in Raleigh has talked in detail about child custody and the different types. Below, you’ll find a recap of each:

  • Sole Custody - Only one parent has full custody of the child.
  • Joint Custody - Parents share custody of the child.
  • Legal Custody - Allows parents to make decisions that are based upon the child’s well being.
  • Physical Custody - The determination of where a child lives and why.
  • Grandparent Visitation and Custody - Grandparents seek custody of their grandchildren.

Today, in our final article of the series, we are going to take a look at grandparent visitation custody.

Grandparent Visitation and Custody | Child Custody Lawyer in Raleigh

There are several reasons why grandparents would be awarded custody of their grandchildren. Every state has different rules about this type of custody.
Below, you’ll find aspects that help determine who should be granted custody, according to the best interest of a child.

  • Indication of substance abuse by grandparents or parents
  • The ability of whether grandparents or parents can provide affection, love and contact with a child or not
  • The capability of the grandparents to meet the needs of the child
  • The child's ability to adjust to school, home or community
  • Distance between parents or grandparents and the child
  • Length of relationship between grandchild and grandparents
  • Suggestion of child neglect or child abuse by grandparents or parents
  • Needs of the child, including, welfare, safety and the emotional and physical health of the child
  • Relationship strength between grandchild and grandparents
  • A child’s request, if they’re able to make a competent decision for themselves.
  • Grandparent’s or parent’s wishes for the child

To learn more about North Carolina’s grandparent visitation and custody rules, contact our child custody lawyer in Raleigh. We are here to help you understand every aspect of custody, as well as help you through the difficult court process.
If you are about to go through a divorce and need help with custody issues and child support matters, consider contacting our divorce lawyer in Raleigh NC. While you might be able to deal with this alone, you shouldn’t have to. This time can be difficult, overwhelming and emotional. Eldreth Law Firm, PLLC is here to help.
For more information about the various types of child custody, be sure to take a look at each of the following blogs in the rest of this series, below:

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