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Surrogacy in North Carolina

Many of those Charlotte couples that are currently struggling with reproductive issues may view having a child via a surrogate as their only option at becoming biological parents. Same-sex couples looking to start families may also view surrogacy as a viable option. Yet the legal view of surrogacy contracts is still hazy at best. Only a handful of states currently have laws that recognize the legitimacy of surrogate contracts. North Carolina currently isn’t one of them. This may the reason why gestational surrogacy is still relatively rare here. Data derived from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention by the Council for Responsible Genetics shows that in 2007, only two such births occurred in the state.

Determining custody for unmarried parents

Many of those with whom we work here at Epperson Law PLLC come to us wondering how child custody issues apply to couples who never marry. The U.S. Census reports that 13.6 million unmarried couples were living together with children in 2011. If and when these couples separate in Charlotte, both sides are often unfamiliar with how the state handles the establishment of a child custody agreement. Fathers in particular may be concerned about their future involvement in their children, especially if the mothers remarry. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how North Carolina handles custody issues for unmarried couples.

Unique factors that can influence divorce settlements

When Charlotte couples choose to divorce, they open themselves up to a number of different issues that need to be dealt with before the dissolution of their marriages. These include the more common legal proceedings associated with divorce, namely child custody hearings, establishing alimony agreements, and determining the distribution of the marital assets. Yet while every divorcing couple may face the same proceedings, no two divorces are alike. The unique desires and emotions that each couple brings into a divorce will often influence them to place more effort into resolving certain aspects of their marriages while overlooking or even avoiding others.

Defining child custody terms

The odds are that when most in Charlotte hear of a child custody dispute, they group the possible outcomes to that dispute under two terms: joint or sole custody. The obvious association is that joint custody means that divorcing parents share custody of their children, while parents given sole custody keep their children full-time. While these are assumptions are correct in a very broad sense, there are many other ways that custody is defined.

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