In March of 2021, the North Carolina Court of Appeals handed down a decision regarding Grandparent visitation rights as they pertain to child custody cases. In Alexander v. Alexander, the mother and father were in the midst of a custody dispute when the father’s parents made a motion to intervene into the suit and filed a claim for visitation with the parties’ daughter. Pursuant to North Carolina’s grandparent statutes, the court granted their motion to intervene. However, at this time the Father was terminally ill and passed away before the court had the chance to make a final ruling on the Father’s original motion to modify the child custody order, and before they could address the grandparent’s request for visitation. After the Father’s death, the court awarded the Mother sole legal custody and primary physical custody. However, they also awarded extensive custody to the grandparents, to include every other weekend and every other holiday.
1 Adams v. Langdon, 264 N.C. App. 251, 257, 826 S.E.2d 236, 240 (2019) (quoting Smith v. Barbour, 195 N.C. App. 244, 251, 671 S.E.2d 578, 584 (2009)).
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