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Welcome Aboard. This part of the Web-Omnibus Site is dedicated to the issues that revolve around Child Custody. For those of you who find yourselves embroiled in this most difficult of family issues, may we first extend our most heartfelt sympathies. Resolving these matters is never easy, even in the best of circumstances - and if it is wrapped inside a contentious divorce, then the problems are compounded many times over. Our hope in these pages is to provide some resources that you might find useful in navigating the difficult path that lies before you. Ideally, you will be able to find some useful bits of information that will, perhaps, make your journey just a little bit easier, or less stressful, and more successful.

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Negotiating Child Custody is a Difficult Process


If you are involved in a custodial proceeding, you need to arm yourself with the latest information on the Child Custody Process.  Venturing into this area without making use of all the resources you can muster is likely to lead you into all kinds of problems. 

You may have a lawyer, and - if you are really lucky - a good one; but you are not his or her only client.  In the end, you can be absolutely certain that there is only one person for whom your case is of the utmost importance - and that's you.   So you must be your own best advocate - and to do that, you need to learn all you can about the process you are dealing with.



Tips On Filing For Child Custody


A lot of marriages in the United States will end in divorce. This can be a very painful and difficult experience for both parties, and it is worse when children are involved. Are you getting a divorce? If you want your children to stay with you after you have separated from your partner, you should be aware of the steps and requirements of filing for child custody.

Filing the paperwork for the custody of your child is only the first step in the process, and this alone can drain you of energy. You will need to fill out forms from the courthouse. The forms can usuallyl be downloaded from the website of the city or county where you live.

On the custody form, you will have to provide your name and the name of the other parent, the location of your child since birth, and other important details. You must pay close attention to the part of the form that indicates whether you are seeking sole or temporary custody of your child.

You have to submit the forms in person at the family court and send them, either by mail, or fax. There are also certain fees charged for filing for custody, so be prepared to pay them.

After you have filed the required documents, your case will be under the jurisdiction of the family court. When the forms have been received by the family court, you have to make certain that you attend the scheduled hearing. You may have to wait weeks or even months before you appear in court. While you are waiting, you should plan your strategy to boost your chances of being granted custody of your children.

Most parents elect to have a lawyer to represent them during the court hearing. Others opt to represent themselves. If you are well-versed in the laws in your state involving custody of a child, then you may choose not to hire a lawyer. Otherwise, you really need a lawyer if you are not familiar with the state laws governing your case.

During the hearings, the judge will hear the custody arguments from both parties. If the decision does not go in your favor, you can always file an appeal. If the higher court upholds the decision, accept it and try to be content with the visitation rights granted to you.

In summary, here are the basic steps you should follow when filing for custody of your child:

  • Determine the type of custody you will file for (e.g. sole custody, legal custody, physical custody, etc.) and be prepared to explain why you made your choice.
  • Develop a plan for custody and visitation, and try to settle the details for this with your ex-partner.
  • File the required documents yourself, or hire a lawyer who will do it for you.
  • Be certain to be present at the court hearings.
  • Follow precisely the custody order handed down by the court for custody arrangements and schedules.

The process of getting child custody will almost always be a nerve-wracking experience. But remember, you are doing it for the sake of your children.



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