Child Custody / Support - Cohen And Winters Family Law

What You Need To Know About Child Custody

Child custody refers to the guardianship used to label the practical and legal connection between a guardian or parent and a juvenile in that individual’s care. This article addressed the most frequently asked questions about child custody;

Requirements of Filing for Child Custody

To file for child custody, you will need to file legal documents requesting the court of law to determine custody and appoint you as the individual with primary custody. The name of the document you need to file is dependent on your local prerogative. In addition, the right permissible pleading that you need to file is contingent on the condition of your case. An example of a preliminary court document that can initiate a lawsuit for child custody is divorce; if you are married to the individual and seek to be granted custody of the child you had, you should first file an Original Petition for Divorce.

If One Spouse Has Full Custody, Does The Other Need to Pay Child Support?

Child support funds are intended to assist in providing for the huge financial responsibilities that come with children. The court orders the payments and they should be paid to the parent with primary guardianship of the kid. The non-custodial parent pays the child support money. Some nations have guidelines to determine the amount of money to be paid. The child support money is not to help the custodial parent but the child. Thus, these payments mostly provide shelter, food, education, clothing, food, and healthcare. The court determines the child support payments after considering the child’s needs, the custodial parent’s income, standards of living before the annulment, and the ability of the non-custodial parent to make payments.

What Should You Include In A Child Custody Agreement?

A child custody agreement is a deed that highlights child custody guidelines. In most cases, it is issued alongside a legal annulment decree. The child custody agreement includes the following;

  • Whether other parties such as grandparents can assume custody.
  • If custody will be divided evenly between the partners.
  • Which parent has been given primary rights of custody?
  • Provisions of child support.
  • The visitation calendar for the parent without primary custody.

Do You Need A Lawyer To File For Custody?

Filing for and getting child support requires the help of a child custody lawyer. It is important to place the child’s interests before anything else. Since the proceedings can lead to greater issues with severe legal consequences, a lawyer can assist with avoiding such situations while making sure the rights of the child are safeguarded. The attorney will also explain specific laws, your options and your rights.

Before filing for child custody, read extensively about the same before taking action, and consult professional lawyers, financial consultants and mental health experts.