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Question by  SS74 (10)

How can I get custody of a child?


Answer by  pgigi1 (28)

The common practice for a parent who seeks custody of a child is to go through the courts. The family law of every country identifies different circumstances under which custody could be awarded and even in cases where the law is silent, a presiding judge uses her discretion to award custody of the child. This is the best method.


Answer by  patti (29325)

File a motion in Family Court in the county where the child resides. Parents have first rights to custody. Other parties must show why a parent is unfit, which can be tricky.


Answer by  bubbyboy (9929)

You will need an attorney. The attorney will present your case to the court. The court takes into consideration the ability you have to provide for and nurture a child.


Answer by  Dean (4035)

The courts prefer that a child be in the joint custody of his/her parents. If the state has determined that neither parent is fit to have custody, the court determines then who should have custody. In these cases, temporary custody is usually awarded to a family member (grandparents, aunt, uncle, etc.) based on the state's recommendations.


Answer by  withluck (1745)

To get legal custody of a child you will need to file for custody through the court system. You should be prepared to present why you should be granted custody and expect a background check to be done.


Answer by  WendyB (43)

By going to Family Court and filing the paperwork necessary. The paperwork must be filed with the court and also sent to the other party, so they may respond. A certain amount of time is given for the other party to respond to your complaint. They must file with the courts and a copy will be sent to you.


Answer by  Iamstrong (659)

Family court judges often determine child custody and visitation rights. However, if parents can arrive at an out of court agreement, child custody issues may be resolved. Remember any decision for this type case should be in the "best interest" of the child(ren).


Answer by  Hewitt302 (1720)

First, establish a reason WHY you should have custody of the child. If you can show proof of neglect or abuse, then do so immediately. The judge needs to be sure you are the responsible parent, and you must demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that you are more stable.


Answer by  Bob4Advice (23)

Child custody decisions can be made when a parenting agreement is reached out-of-court, or by court proceedings in family court. As a parent you have usually have rights to your child, visitation is usually easy to get. Joint custody is the next. Full custody requires more.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

If you are the biological parent, you have custodial rights as long as you are the legal parent (like named on the birth certificate) and don't relinquish those rights.


Answer by  Gaur (7676)

Filing for custody usually involves filling out forms that you can obtain at your local family court. Court personnel can help you complete and file them. Contact an attorney who is experienced in family law. Get basic information about costs, possible results and how he or she would handle the case.

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