Best interest of the child
Here’s what it’s all about. Whenever you walk into a court room in North Carolina having to deal with any child custody, visitation, or anything else child-related, the court is going to look at what is in the best interest of the children. This means that the court will look at which parent has a more stable home, which parent lives in a better school district, or even which parent has more support from their family. Many clients believe that if one parent has greater financial means than the other they will automatically have custody of the child. This is not always the case. If a financially dependent spouse has full custody of the child, the other parent will be, in most instances, required to pay child support. This means that if one parent is financially well off but abusive to the child, the other parent may retain custody and receive child support from the other parent.