Fortunately, there are several resources available to parents seeking assistance with their custody dispute. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding child custody.
- How can I initiate a custody proceeding?
One of the parents has to file for child custody to begin the custody procedure. To do this, the parent just completes the necessary paperwork and submits them to the courtroom. The other parent will then receive the papers and fill out some different forms. The case is then opened up. You may then get a court day, or you may need to fill out additional forms.
- How long will the case last?
The length of the custody case depends on how well the parents get along and how quickly they agree on a parenting plan. Some custody cases are resolved quickly because the parents work together on a custody agreement, and the court accepts it. Others drag on for a while because the parents don't agree, and they need to appear in court several times to get a parenting plan.
- Does a custody case always go to court?
The parents always need to file the proper papers in court, but they may not need to present a case to the court. If the parents agree, they simply show up in court with the plan they agree on, and the court will accept it. The parents will need to present information to the judge if they don't agree the court will make the final decision about the child custody arrangements.
- What happens in custody court?
Parents need to file their papers at the courthouse, and they also need to present their custody agreement before the judge. If when the parents are unable to reach an agreement, they would both put their sides of the case before a judge, and the court will make the final decision. When a court accepts an agreement, it constitutes a custody order; then the parents are legally compelled to meet the terms and conditions it contains.
- Is it truly necessary for me to hire a lawyer for my case?
This is determined by the conditions. You're generally ok doing it yourself if you and the other parent get along and can work out a custody arrangement. However, you may need the assistance of a lawyer to complete papers and get the judgment. If there is a custody dispute the other parent has hired counsel and refuses to make any concessions, you should engage an attorney and prepare for court.
- What is a custody agreement?
The custody agreement, or parenting plan, is the document that contains all of the information about the child custody and visitation schedule, the holiday schedule, the time-share percentages of the parents, and any other information the parents want to include about custody. This becomes the custody order, and the parents have to follow it.
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