There is NOTHING more important to you than your child. When it comes to Child Custody cases, you MUST be prepared. Use our Child Custody Guide to educate yourself on the entire process.
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Welcome! If you’ve made your way to this site, there’s a good chance you:
-Don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on your child custody case.
-Can’t co-parent with the other party.
-Don't know the process of child custody and the court system.
If you meet these criteria, understand the following:
You Don’t Need an "Expensive" Attorney
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an expensive attorney to win your child custody case. You can find a reasonably priced attorney to represent you, once you have educated yourself with our Guide. Your case can be settled in a Probate Court in your county. A judge will need to understand your situation so he/she can rule in your favor. It is important to note, this is not a quick process, and depending on your jurisdiction, you may be in your court battle for over a year.
Our Child Custody Guide will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to prevail, whether on your own, or with an attorney. Rest assured, we make the process as easy as possible through a step-by-step format as well as detailed instructions for each court document you’ll need to fill out. We truly take the guesswork out of presenting the strongest case possible to the court.
You Do Need to Focus on Your Child’s Best Interests
Judges make their rulings based on what is in the “best interests of the child.” They’ll look at a number of factors such as your child’s age, each parent’s living situation, each parent’s willingness to support the other’s relationship with the child, and each parent’s relationship with the child before the divorce. They may also consider the child’s preferences and any instances of abuse or neglect.
Our Guide will help you prove that the type of custody arrangement you want aligns with the best interests of your child. You’ll be able to present yourself in the best light possible in court and achieve your desired result, with or without an attorney.
3 Examples Of Child Custody Strategies & Court Documents You Will Receive After Your Download:
Sample Court Documents
Our Guide walks you through what each document means, when and how to submit, as well as giving "real life" examples:
- Complaint for Custody
Motion for temporary orders.
- Opposition to complaint for custody, support, parenting time.
- Defendant's Answer with Counterclaim
- Proposed Orders
- Pre-trial memorandum.
Types of Custody
Understand the four types of custody and which type of arrangement is in the best interest for the child:
Sole legal custody — One parent has the right and responsibility to make major decisions about the child, including ones about education, medical care, religion, and emotional development.
Shared legal custody — Both parents are involved in and responsible for major decisions about the child, including ones about education, medical care, and emotional, moral, and religious development.
Sole physical custody — A child lives with one parent and the other parent has reasonable parenting time, unless the court decides that parenting time wouldn't be in the child’s best interest.
Shared physical custody — A child has periods of living with each parent, so the child has frequent, regular contact with both parents.
Take ownership of your actions as this will show the judge you are taking responsible steps as a parent. Here are a few examples of how you can do so:
- Stay away from excuses and apologies.
- Contact a therapist if you’re dealing with stress or anger.
- Prepare to discuss details of your therapy (your therapist’s name, how often you see them, etc.) as the court may want to see evidence that you are taking control of your emotional issues.
Know What You Need To Know
Founded by Attorney Craig Singer, who has been practicing law since 2009. Attorney Singer created Courtstrategy.net to offer sound legal information that may be useful to a variety of individuals.
Please note the following:
- Courtstrategy.net does not provide information that’s custom tailored to your unique matter.
- Any and all information on the website or downloaded from Courstrategy.net is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and is subject to change without notice.
- While information is deemed reliable, it’s not guaranteed.
- We provide sample documents you will need to file in your case for informational purposes only.
- The strategies you’ll receive are universal and apply to all states; however, the court documents are only samples and should not be used as written. You must contact your courthouse and abide by their document submission guidelines.