In North Carolina, an unmarried mother has sole legal and physical custody of a child when the child is born. Even if the unmarried mother and father are together, the man has no legal rights over the child without establishing paternity. An unmarried father will have to establish paternity if he wants custody or visitation time with the child.
Making the transition from being married to being divorced and potentially on your own is not easy, especially for parents. However, many parents strive to ease that transition by committing to working together to raise their children, even after divorce.
Becoming a grandparent can be one of the most wonderful events in a person's life. Grandparents are often the people who spoil grandkids and take every opportunity to dote on them.
When parents (or other adults) share custody of a child with someone else, communication and complying with court orders are essential responsibilities to ensure the child is safe. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen.
Kids change every day. They get older, their tastes and personalities change, and they want to try new things. It can be a challenge for parents to adjust to these changes, especially when they alter how moms and dads see their children.
Raising a child with an ex can be difficult, especially when you see that person as volatile, unreliable and/or mean. Under those circumstances, even the briefest interactions during custody exchangescan be stressful and spiral into all-out fights.
Mothers and fathers do not need to be married to each other to be loving and capable parents. It is also becoming increasingly common for unmarried couples to have and raise children. According to Pew Research Center statistics, about 33 percent of children in the U.S. are raised by unmarried parents.
Raising a child with someone to whom you are no longer romantically connected can be an enormous challenge. This is especially true if you don't trust that person or have a healthy co-parenting relationship. Under these circumstances, fights can erupt regularly and motions to modify custody orders can be an ever-present threat.
The case has quickly garnered a great deal of national media attention: Earlier this month, a North Carolina woman was sentenced to a week in jail after having her two-year-old daughter baptized. The case makes for an easy headline; the shock value is apparent. But the legal nuances are, to a large extent, being ignored.
Today's families are more diverse than ever. This means that traditional solutions that work for a lot of people may not make sense for other people.