Steps for filing child custody




Know custody rights and get custody of children easily by following simple steps for filing child custody based on child custody rules and child custody laws of your state. Child custody disputes frequently arise between separated or divorced parents, or parents in same-sex relationships or parents who never married or sometimes grandparents might petition for the custody of grandchildren. Whatever the circumstances, the court will handle these matters on a case-by-case basis, based on specific state law and always consider the best interests of the child when determining custody.


One can file child custody pro se, that is without an attorney representation or hire a lawyer. For single parents who wish to file for child custody, or legally amend their existing child custody arrangement, but can not afford a lawyer, filing for child custody pro se is a viable alternative to paying costly legal fees. In any event it is always in the best interest to educate yourself about the child custody process and child custody rules.


When considering child custody, understanding child custody types is very important. The various types of child custody are namely, legal custody, physical custody, sole custody, joint custody, etc. Honestly examine which type of custody would be best for your children and accordingly decide and petition the appropriate custody order. Also, check out the various factors affecting custody of children, which vary by state before filing child custody.

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Although laws may vary by state, the common steps for filing Child custody in United States are as follows:

1. First find the local family court in your county that handles custody cases. If you are not sure about the court, call the county clerk’s office and ask which court hears custody cases.

2. Most courts provide ready to use forms for child custody. These can be downloaded from the official court web site or can be obtained from the court personally. The forms are free but while filing the forms there will be a small filing fee.

3. Fill out the forms and provide relevant documentation to support your petition. With the increase in pro se litigants, most courts provide help desk or the clerk of the court assist litigants to file forms and guide them regarding the legal process.

4. You can call the court, before personally visiting the court for the required papers, information and fees. Mostly you will need dates of birth, addresses, work addresses and social security numbers for you, your child and the other parent.

5. Check all the information on the form and then file the child custody petition and pay the associated filing fees. You will get a court date for child custody hearing.

6. You will be responsible for serving a copy of the filed petition to the other parent and let them know about the court date.

Research child custody laws in your state, consider all of the child custody options and always keep in mind that whatever you are doing should be the best for your children.

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