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Carteret County NC Non-Custodial Families

Carteret County NCCarteret County NC is located in the eastern most part of the State of North Carolina and sits just south of the beautiful outer banks. According to the 2010 census, Carteret County has a population of 66,469 and consist of 1,341 square miles of land. The county seat of Carteret County is Beaufort. The area, also referred to as the Crystal Coast, is home to millions of vacationers who come to the county to engage in world class diving and fishing expeditions that are known by anglers and divers all over the world. The Carteret County NC beaches are also known to be very quaint and non-commercialized making it ideal for a quiet and romantic destination for those that do not like big crowds and prefer a walk along a beach at night looking for shells along isolated beaches. The municipalities that make up Carteret County are Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach/Salter Path, and the communities “down east” such as Harkers Island and Cedar Island which is where visitors can catch the three hour ferry over to Ocracoke Island. As a visitor to the area, there are many small barrier islands just off the coast which are popular destinations for beach enthusiast that take ferries over to Shackleford Island to see the world famous banker ponies that have lived on the island since colonial days, and the amazing Cape Lookout lighthouse which is fully functional today. In the summertime, fishermen from all over the globe come to Morehead City to compete in the largest Blue Marlin fishing tournament called the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

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UPDATE 6/19/2015 – We are receiving considerable contact from non-custodial fathers who have restraining orders issued on them by Carteret County Judges in which they are ordered to have no contact with their wife or girl friend yet have provided us extensive documentation where while under the restraining order the other party continued to publicly and maliciously malign and speak ill of the adjudicated person. In EVERY case brought before a Judge about a person asking for no contact but continued to talk about the case and misrepresent information, they did nothing about it.

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Carteret County NC Events and Things To Do

If you are coming to visit or moving to Carteret County, here are some events that families can enjoy:

  • NC Seafood Festival – This is an annual festival that takes place in Morehead City NC every year in October and is a celebration of the local seafood industry which is very important to Carteret County residents. This festival is a great opportunity for families to interact with others in the county, enjoy fair rides, eating plates of local cuisine food, and hear stories from elders and historians in the county who tell tales back to the days of Blackbeard the pirate. The Seafood Festival also helps raise money for various Carteret County NC charities.
  • The NC Chocolate Festival – This festival is also another celebration in Carteret County that helps local charities and is obviously a big hit for those that love to indulge themselves in Chocolate. At this event, you can expect to find lots of great food covered in chocolate.
  • The Beaufort Music Festival – This festival takes place each year along the waterfront of Beaufort NC (3rd oldest town in North Carolina) where bands from all over NC descend on Carteret County to play for locals. In the past few years, the Beaufort Music Festival has grown to be quite large and is starting to attract bands from out of the State.
  • The Crystal Coast Grand Prix – This is an annual boat race that takes place along the Morehead City waterfront and is a great attraction for families that love the water, boats, and racing. This event was started by a Carteret County native who owns several businesses in the county and has a love for boat racing.
  • Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild – This annual festival takes place in Harkers Island NC and is simply a must see for those that love to watch duck decoys whittled from the finest Eastern NC wood available. This festival also holds many workshops that help preserve the local heritage of the “down east” communities that has a long history of decoy carvers.

In addition to the festivals above, Carteret County NC is an incredible destination for those that love to sail, take their boats out, and enjoy gatherings of people who turn sandbars into temporary party and social spots for the day. Additionally, the county has a very long historical slant in the State and one of the largest historical markers is the Fort Macon State Park which is a preserved civil war fort that was at it time considered a engineering marvel.

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Carteret County NC Non-Custodial Families

NC Fathers is an organization of Carteret County NC Non-Custodial families, to include parents, step-parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents, all who we believe have had enough of the highly biased family courts and who are ready to see family law reform that makes equally shared parenting the norm after divorce instead of pushing one parent to the margins of his/her child(ren) as visitors and payment providers. NC Fathers believes that the best interest of children is to have two equal parents and extended families who support, love, and nurture children rather than what happens in the family courts where families are encouraged to fight like dogs and excoriate the other parent and family so that someone can win custody. We believe this has very serious impacts on Carteret County children. If you are in a non-custodial family in Carteret County, then we ask that you join our MAILING LIST and FACEBOOK PAGE after you review OUR GOALS and how we plan to bring this reform.

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April 21, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. I just saw this article come across the mailing list and wondered why you would write a blog on Carteret County but I think I get it now 🙂 This county is truly one of my most favorite places on the earth. You won’t find any prettier beaches.


    Comment by Jeff | April 21, 2013 | Reply

    • LOL Jeff, you and I must have been thinking the same thing because that is exactly why I came here. I have to agree with you though, I love Atlantic Beach and Beaufort and I love the Carteret County fireworks where you can see Morehead’s and Atlantic Beach’s at the same time.


      Comment by Angela S | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  2. As a non-custodial father, I can’t say much for Carteret County Child Support Enforcement who is still pulling money out of my check even though there is an order to stop support now that my ex-wife and I have reached an agreement outside of court. But, I do love the beaches there and you won’t find better seafood anywhere!


    Comment by Craig | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  3. The beaches in Carteret County are one of the last few un-commercialized tourist traps in the State and and things pretty much look like they did going back to the 60s and 70s which I appreciate. I love to go down there and surf fish on the beach without a million sun bathers getting caught up in my line. I was thinking about buying real estate down there once the economy improves. Also, I haven’t been active on Facebook in awhile but I wanted to say thank you to you guys/gals working this site in helping me see my daughter more.


    Comment by Ken Strickland | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  4. My ex-wife moved our kids to Carteret County, specifially Newport, about three years ago while I was deployed so If I want to see my children I have to come there. It’s a pretty place but something about coming home from service to find a empty home, kids gone, and a Judge saying it’s ok kind of leaves a sore spot for the area. The Judges there are horrible and biased.


    Comment by Jeremey (US Marine) | April 21, 2013 | Reply

    • Jeremy, yea military fathers don’t exactly get a fair shake by ANY stretch of the imagination. Routinely, they are told that because of their deployment capability they can’t be considered good fathers, yet women who have children and are deployable, do just fine in the courts. Just another example of the extreme bias. There are a lot of military fathers in Carteret County from what I am told. I think Camp Lejeune is right around the corner right?


      Comment by stompkinsnc | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  5. My ex-wife and kids live in Carteret County and I have asked the school system there to make available to me a report card and they refuse. My ex-wife never sends me a report card for my kids and you would think the schools there would be more than happy to send that out. This whole system is just horrible and unfair.


    Comment by Douglas H | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  6. I can tell you that none of the Carteret County NC Representatives and Senators give a crap about non-custodial families, and seem only interested in the status quo. I have written to them on multiple occasions and all I get back is a form letter type response that usually has nothing to do with what I sent them. I forget the Representative’s name I emailed last but she didn’t even return my email.


    Comment by Cathy (non-custodial grandmother) | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  7. I can tell you Republican Representative Pat McElraft who represents Carteret County does not support Shared Parenting our you would see her as one of the sponsors to the current House Bill that addresses shared parenting. I have tried to speak with her many times on this issue and she does not get it.


    Comment by Suzanne (paternal grandmother) | April 21, 2013 | Reply

    • Suzanne,
      Representative Pat McElraft might not support it now, but when we reach enough Carteret County voters from non-custodial families, which is a VERY LARGE number of voters, then she will in the future. Right now our opposition has numbers where we don’t and she refuses to bite the bigger hand that feeds her at election time. It would be nice to see a politician like Representative McElraft do whats right instead of what is safe.


      Comment by stompkinsnc | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  8. I am a Carteret County Father who wishes to see his son and daughter more frequently, but I am consistently denied that right by the family courts here in the county. I have no come to realize that custodial parents usually want to maintain control so that they can live their lives as the want to the detriment of fathers and children. I too have contact Pat McElraft on this issue and can testify like the woman above that she does not care about this. The Carteret County Family Courts are doing so much damage to children within a system that encourages two parents to fight like dogs to maintain custody and control. This is causing parents to go bankrupt and is hurting kids in the long run. Thank you NC Fathers as the only organization in the state who cares about non-custodial fathers and their rights.


    Comment by Derrick | April 22, 2013 | Reply

  9. I saw this article some across the mailing list and learned a lot about the county you write about. I am visiting there this summer and I am stoked about visiting. Keep up the good work guys!


    Comment by Amber Lynn | April 22, 2013 | Reply

  10. You really need to write a article about the Carteret County Dept of Social Services. I get it, they need non-custodial parents to continue to get their federal funding which keeps their jobs secure and welfare afloat, but the child protective services division actually helps create bad situations where it could easily be resolved. I’m guessing they do this to justify their jobs. I’m tired of this agency treating me as a father as a second class citizen and visitor to my children.


    Comment by Paul Hadley | April 22, 2013 | Reply

  11. I read the article on the shared parenting bill in the house and senate, I sent a letter to Rep Pat McElraft to voice my support but she has refused to contact me. I see others have contacted her in reading the other comments. Good luck to you.


    Comment by Amy | April 22, 2013 | Reply

  12. I can assure you that fathers in Carteret County NC do not have it as bad as we have it here in Wake County, although I am sure the statistics are just as bad. But we have very aggressive anti-father Judges here. Can we get some support?


    Comment by Anthony Wiggins | April 22, 2013 | Reply

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