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Domestic Relations – Civil Practice – Subject Matter Jurisdiction — Parent & Child – Custody – Abandonment (access required)

In re E.J. Since a New York court had already made an initial determination concerning the custody of the juvenile, the N.C. trial court lacked jurisdiction to enter a permanent custody order because there were no findings that the New York court no longer had jurisdiction or that North Carolina met the requirements of G.S. § 50A-201(a)(1) or (2).

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Mother-Daughter Relationship – Jurisdiction – Support (access required)

Reed v. Olson Although the father argues that it was not within the trial court’s discretion to conclude that the parties’ daughter’s relationship with her mother was more important than her relationship with her father, step-mother and half-sister, the trial court did not find that the mother-daughter relationship was more important; rather, the trial court simply found that the relationship was important.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Insufficient Findings – Civil Practice – Continuance Motion (access required)

Jerkins v. Warren In support of its award of primary physical custody to the plaintiff-father and liberal visitation to the defendant-mother, the trial court found merely that both parties “are fit and proper persons for the roles assigned herein” and that “this order is in the best interest of the minor child.” These findings do not allow us to determine whether the trial court property awarded primary physical custody of the parties’ child to the father.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Modification – Changed Circumstances (access required)

Weaver v. Thomas The trial court’s findings show that circumstances have changed since its original custody order in that the children have bonded with their new stepmother and the defendant-father has been more successful than the plaintiff-mother in dealing with their son’s anger issues. We affirm the trial court’s modification of custody, awarding primary physical custody to the father.

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