In child custody cases, relations between co-parents can sometimes turn unpleasant. When this is the case, it is common for one or both parents to become uncommunicative and unwilling to share important information regarding the child, such as medical records or school records. Fortunately, there is a North Carolina law that protects parents and their rights to important records that pertain to their child.

Under North Carolina General Statute § 50-13.2(b), “Absent an order of the court to the contrary, each parent shall have equal access to the records of the minor child involving the health, education, and welfare of the child.”

This law guarantees parents equal access to a child’s medical records, school records, and other important documents that may pertain to the welfare of the child. Unless there is a court order in place that has ruled otherwise, parents have the right to access these records.

Since each parent has access to a child’s important records, this can help foster a more positive and effective co-parenting relationship. Sharing the responsibility of things like scheduling and attending doctor’s appointments or checking up on a child’s grades and progress in school can help to ensure that each parent feels equally important and involved when it comes to the life of his or her child.

It is important for parents to be well-informed on the health and well-being of their child, especially when co-parenting. If you or someone you know is having difficulty communicating while co-parenting, contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys.