Child custody matters can easily get heated because the right to parent your child is something nobody wants infringed upon. When establishing custody through a court order, one parent may lose certain rights or end up with a visitation schedule that is less than ideal. This may make you want to avoid getting an order from a North Carolina court. You may wonder if you have to get a custody order.

According to the North Carolina Judicial Branch, you do not have to have a child custody order. If you are the mother or a father who has established paternity, you already have rights under the law to parent your child. However, if you and the other parent do not have a good relationship, it could cause issues with seeing your child and being involved in his or her life. This is when a custody order can be a good thing.

Custody orders provide a legal establishment of the rights and responsibilities of each parent. It also is a court order, which means if the other parent does not abide by it, you have the right to go to court since the other parent is in contempt of a court order. Furthermore, a custody order may be something you need when enrolling your child in school or seeking medical care for him or her.

So, you do not need a child custody order, but in most situations, it is important to get one. You can always negotiate for a fair parenting plan that lets you have the chance to be an active parent in your child’s life. This information is for education and is not legal advice.