Information for Custody Cases Involving a Third Party (Nonparent)
- When your case includes a grandparent, other relatives, or family friends, consulting an attorney is particularly important.
- Signing a parenting agreement with someone who IS NOT the biological or adoptive parent of the children may change your parental rights.
- Parents’ legal rights to their children change when parents agree to a court order that allows a nonparent, third party to have legal custody and / or visitation of their children.
- An attorney is the only person who can legally give advice about how parents’ legal rights will change by agreeing that a nonparent third party has custody and / or visitation of their children.
- Did you know that if you are seeking a parenting agreement to satisfy school requirements, you may not need a court order changing custody? Ask an attorney for information about N.C. GEN. STAT. § 115-C366.