This Note examines the North Carolina Court of Appeals decision in Pulliam v. Smith. First, the Note discusses the facts of the case and the opinion of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Then, the Note examines (1) child custody law in North Carolina; (2) North Carolina case law addressing the effect on the child of a custodial parent's sexual conduct and sexual orientation; and (3) child custody disputes in other jurisdictions which involve a custodial parent in an intimate same-sex relationship. Next, the Note analyzes the decision in Pulliam and its effect on child custody law in North Carolina. Finally, the Note concludes that the North Carolina Court of Appeals reached the correct and proper outcome.
Vicki Parrott, The Effect on the Child of a Custodial Parent's Involvement in an Intimate Same-Sex Relationship - North Carolina Adopts the "Nexus Test" in Pulliam v. Smith, 19 Campbell L. Rev. 131 (1996).