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Child Custody and Divorce Court Proceedings

Unless parties reach an agreement, petitioner sets all basis and grounds for the divorce. The other side is then served as a party to the proceedings. If this occurs, you may have to settle all issues in court.  Once a party is set on going to court the other side has little choice but to get a lawyer and go to court. Don’t be blindsided by the process, get a lawyer today!

It is important to know that while the divorce is being settled, a party to a custody proceeding may move for a temporary custody order. This will be in effect until the divorce is final to provide the child with a stable environment throughout the proceedings. In a temporary custody proceeding the judge may decide custody based solely on affidavits if there are no objections by either party. Again, the best interest of the child will usually determine who get temporary custody. This will be reviewed and can be modified during the final hearing. If the divorce or legal separation proceedings are dismissed the temporary custody order will also be dismissed.

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The final hearing will be held later and can be closed from the public and/or the record may be sealed to protect the children. In the final hearing the court may seek the advice of professional personnel, whether or not employed by the court on a regular basis. In many of these cases Guardians ad item are often appointed to represent the interests of the minor children. The use of a custody evaluation is also often utilized. This evaluation a conducted by a professional who is usually a psychologist or social worker, who will assess your family situation and then make recommendations to the court about a parenting and custodial arrangements that will meet your children’s needs.

Since judges give a lot of weight to the recommendations of the custody evaluator, it is important that you prepare yourself properly for this process. WANTLAND LAW, PLLC can help you do this by letting you know the questions they will ask and how best to act at one of these evaluations.

A parenting coordinator is sometimes assigned by the court to assist chronic high-conflict families to learn to make decisions which are in the best interest of the children together.  Parenting coordinators are professionals with child development knowledge and mediation skills who help solve parenting issues rather than legal issues. These include, time and place for visitation exchange, daycare or schools, holidays and the children’s activities. Don’t get confused in the hassle of family court proceeding, call WANTLAND LAW, PLLC today.

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