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What can House Bill 505 mean for grandparents’ visitation rights?

Under North Carolina law, a grandparent’s ability to visit their grandchildren is typically at the discretion of the parents. If a parent denies grandparent visitation, a grandparent can only gain visitation rights by filing a parallel motion to get child custody—and proving that the parents are to unsuitable fulfill their parental duties. However, if the parents are deemed fit but refuse—for whatever reason—to allow the grandparents to have a relationship with their grandchildren, the grandparents have no legal recourse.

Can a grandparent take custody of a grandchild in North Carolina?

In the state of North Carolina, the court has an interest in allowing parents to maintain custody of their children whenever possible. However, if parents are unable—or unwilling—to provide a safe, nurturing environment for a child, the court may consider other options.

Discrimination suit: refugee adoption by same-sex couple banned

Fatma Marouf is a law professor in Texas, specializing in immigration and refugee law. She travels around the country, giving lectures and engaging in other activities to support refugee rights. It was through this work that Marouf became aware of an unadvertised refugee issue: that there were many unaccompanied refugee children in the U.S. who were in need of homes.

What is the process of adopting my stepchild in North Carolina?

Last year was a pivotal time in your life. You met a wonderful woman, and you couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your life without her. Then you met her beautiful daughter, and you thought the same thing. You got married, and the three of you became a family—at least emotionally, if not legally.

Can my military status hurt my chances for child custody?

Being in the military can lead to a somewhat unpredictable lifestyle. You might be deployed overseas at the drop of a hat, or you could be restationed to another state. When you add divorce--and child custody--into the mix, things get a bit more complicated.

A key final step in any international adoption

After spending months preparing yourself and your home for a new child, and spending thousands of dollars in adoption fees, you’ve just returned from China with your new baby daughter, ready to begin your life as a family. Congratulations! But before you get too settled in, there’s one more important step you should consider taking to avoid trouble and heartache further down the line: international re-adoption.

3 reasons why it might help to treat a co-parent like a co-worker

Think about someone with whom you have to work but don't necessarily like. You might make small talk occasionally, but ultimately, you'd rather not hear too much about his or her personal life. Your encounters are typically brief, but there are times when you need to work together to tackle a complicated problem so you have to maintain some amount of civility.

Disputes over 'best interests of the child' can wind up in court

Divorcing or divorced parents are likely quite familiar with the phrase "best interests of the child." This is the standard that courts, mediators and parents are supposed to use when making decisions about issues like custody and parenting plans.

3 scary scenarios for parents sharing custody this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and your kids may be counting down the days until they can dress up and celebrate. As a parent, though, you may think differently about Halloween, particularly if you share custody of your kids and this is the first year you will be splitting the holiday.

The benefits and drawbacks of sharing custody in a digital age

Technology and modes of communication are changing rapidly every day. No one knows this better than your kids do. Depending on their age, your kids may already be regular users of social media, messaging apps, video chatting and programs you might not have even heard of yet. 

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