Legal Information: North Carolina

Custody

Updated: 
November 27, 2017

What is sole custody?

Sole custody or exclusive custody means that one parent makes all of the major decisions in the child’s life.  The parent with sole custody is referred to as the "custodial parent" and the other parent is referred to as the “non-custodial parent.”  Generally, the court will order that the non-custodial parent will have continuing contact with the child through visitation.  It is even possible for the court to order that the non-custodial parent can see the child as often as a parent who has joint custody would see his/her child.