How do I start my own custody agreement?

How do I start my own custody agreement?

A judge always has the discretion to reject or amend certain provisions if good cause is found to do so.

  1. Decide what type of custody each parent gets.
  2. Describe your agreed upon arrangement.
  3. Provide a detailed visitation and parenting plan.
  4. Use positive language.

In writing your own custody and support agreement, you should use language that reflects your willingness to cooperate with the other parent. The tone should be positive and indicate that both parties are willing to comply with the terms of the document. If written this way, a judge is more likely to approve its terms.

Does it matter who files first for child custody?

The answer is NO. It does not matter who files first for child custody. There are a lot of reasons behind it. Among them, one is the complaint or the pieces of evidence that you submitted to the court.

What’s the advantage to filing for divorce first?

Are there benefits to filing for divorce first? Filing for divorce before your spouse allows you more control over the situation from the beginning and could provide some strategic options. Filing for divorce first does not give you any inherent rights over your spouse.

Where do I go to start a custody case?

In order to start a custody case, you need to file a custody complaint with the court in the county where the parent or the child resides or in the county where the child is physically present. 1 There are other forms that need to be filed with the complaint so please verify with the clerk of courts that you have all the forms you need.

How do you file for child custody from another parent?

You will need to contact someone who knows the other parent and ask them to serve the parent with the child custody papers. After the other parent is served and responds to the court case, the clerk will place the case on the court calendar to be heard before the judge. Consider seeking the assistance of a qualified family court attorney.

When to file for custody in a new state?

If you and your child recently moved to a new state, generally you cannot file for custody in that new state until you have lived there for at least six months. Until then, either you or the other parent can start a custody action in the state in which your child most recently lived for at least six months.

How long does it take for a child custody order to be signed?

You may have to wait a few days to a few weeks for a judge to get around to signing it—technically they have up to 60 days to rule—but you should receive the order no more than three months or so after starting the process. It is possible you still might be required to go to at least one court hearing.