The Different Ways to File for Child Custody
It is first essential to know how to file for child custody before you can obtain full custody. The state offers three ways for parents to petition for child custody.
These ways are:
Obtaining custody of a child during a divorce
The court may choose a guardian ad litem or a lawyer to represent your child, depending on the reason for the divorce and the child’s age. After spending time with your child, this professional will present a detailed report on what is best for the child.
A parenting course specific to issues children face during a divorce may be required of you and your partner.
Requesting custody of a child during a paternity hearing
A paternity test must be done if there is no written proof that you are the child’s parent or if you weren’t legally married.
A child born out of wedlock is under the full custody of the mother. In order to obtain custody of your child once paternity has been established, you must file a separate petition.
Counterclaiming for Child Custody
Go over the proposed parenting plan if you were served with divorce papers or a paternity petition. You have 35 days to file a counterclaim with the proposed plan if you disagree with it.