The National Parents Organization ranked states in how their family laws help facilitate shared parenting, and North Carolina appears to be one of the worst. When involved in or considering a divorce, you may wish to learn more about requesting shared custody of your children. Without incorporating your parenting hopes into your divorce plans, the court may not award you equal rights in raising your children and participating in their lives in the manner you would prefer.

As noted by Parents magazine and according to the ranking report, North Carolina received a grade of D- by the National Parents Organization. Approximately 17 states ranked nearly on the same level as the Tar Heel State. This group of states reportedly does not have statutes promoting shared parenting responsibilities between divorced parents. The low-ranking states also lack an official policy that promotes children spending at least one-third of their time with each one of their parents separately.

To maintain and strengthen bonds with your children, you may need to request joint custody of your kids during the divorce procedure. Family court judges will consider a joint custody order if one parent requests it. There is, however, no requirement for the court to award shared custody; you must provide facts and reasons for why you prefer a joint custody arrangement.

The study conducted by the National Parents Organization revealed that a child’s well-being is more assured when he or she spends time with both of their parents. If you need to request joint custody, working out a plan with your soon-to-be ex-spouse before finalizing a divorce may help.

The information provided is for educational purposes only and not intended as legal advice.