Divorce is a tricky matter. Child custody is one matter that makes things more difficult. A lot of questions arise when people talk about child custody. Curious about custody in your situation? The answers to these questions may help you figure out your next steps.
How Can You Receive Temporary Custody?
Getting temporary custody could require you to go to court to file a petition for emergency custody. You will complete some paperwork and possibly receive your order the same day. You do not necessarily have to have the children in your custody when you file. The order will go into effect immediately.
Do You Have to File for Divorce to Receive Custody?
You can file your petition for custody even without a divorce. A temporary custody order will allow you to designate a time frame for the order and ensure that your child's needs are met and that your child is safe.
Do I Have to Go to Court to Get an Order for Temporary Custody?
Yes, you need to file with the court to receive an order. You will also need to come to court for any hearings that follow filing for custody. Every order has an expiration date, and you will need to come back to court to manage the next steps as well.
What If I Want to Appeal a Custody Order?
If you want to file an appeal for a temporary order, you can do this. A permanent ruling has not been made yet, but you still could have some good reasons to pursue an appeal. For instance, you might worry about the well-being of your child in the care of another parent or family member.
What If Somebody Breaks a Temporary Custody Agreement?
If somebody breaks a temporary custody agreement, you do have the right to contact authorities or your attorney. You have the same rights you do when you have a permanent order in place, but you have to alert somebody that something is wrong.
Do You Need to Hire an Attorney to File for Custody?
You do not have to hire an attorney to file, but it is a good idea to speak with a family law attorney before you make any significant movements forward. Your attorney can help you work out any kinks that arise as you file for temporary custody. He or she can also help you file with the appropriate paperwork and documentation.
If you have further questions about family law, contact a lawyer in your area.