In North Carolina, legally recognized parents have certain parental rights as a matter of law.
A parent may be defined as a parent listed on a birth certificate, a parent acknowledged within a Court Order, or an affidavit of parentage.
Married spouses are legally presumed to be the parents of a child born during marriage.
This presumption likely extends to same-sex couples following the US Supreme Court’s decision in Pavan v. Smith.
“Given recent changes to the NC family laws, predicated in part on nationwide and NC family law cases, we anticipate further development in protocols and practice relative to separation, divorce, child custody, and support.”
– Bill Powers, Divorce Lawyer Charlotte NC