How do I file for custody of my children? 13 Answers as of November 10, 2011

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Ruiz Law Group, P.C.
Ruiz Law Group, P.C. | Frances Ruiz
You can petition for custody in your local county family court.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/10/2011
Law Offices of Steven A. Hemmat
Law Offices of Steven A. Hemmat | Steven A. Hemmat
You will need to consult with an experienced attorney to discuss your particular circumstances and the process for pursuing primary residential care of your children. The answer to your question depends upon many factors.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 11/8/2011
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
You would be filing a motion to modify the custody plan if one exists or alternatively file a petition for divorce or paternity and a motion to establish custody and a parenting plan.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/8/2011
The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier
The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier | Seth D. Schraier
You need to file for a petition for custody in your local family court. You can find these forms online, and there is no cost for filing the petition.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/8/2011
Michael Apicella
Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
The court process, including all the documents one should file with the motion, can't be properly explained via a few sentences. Also, a lawyer would need more facts before he/she could advise you on best approach. It would be best to simply call a local family law lawyer to discuss your case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/8/2011
    Goddard Wetherall Wonder, PSC
    Goddard Wetherall Wonder, PSC | Brook Goddard
    If you and the other parent were not married, you need to file what is called a "parentage" action. That will establish parenting rights and, if requested, child support. Please contact my office if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your issues and my possible legal representation on your behalf.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/8/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    Well, the first question I have is: what kind of case would this be? If you were married to the other parent, then, it would probably be a divorce case. If you were not married to the other parent, then, it would probably be a parentage (paternity) action. If it is a parentage action, has paternity been established? If it has not yet been established, then, that will have to be done before we even get to dealing with the parenting plan issues. Eventually, the goal of any of these cases is to put in place a parenting plan.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/8/2011
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC | Elizabeth Zwiebel
    If in a divorce action, then you request custody as part of your divorce action or in your answer to a divorce action. If it is a situation where you were unmarried at the time of your children's birth then you file an action with family court. An attorney can guide you through the process of filing for custody of your children in either situation.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 11/8/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    The answer depends on the particular circumstances of your case. If you have not been adjudicated the father of the child, you must first file a paternity action seeking to establish the parental relationship. If you have been adjudicated, and there has been no prior order addressing custody and parenting time, you must file an action to determine custody and parenting time by serving and filing a Summons and Petition.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/8/2011
    Clement Law
    Clement Law | Daniel E. Clement
    How you file is really dependent on your status. If you are married to or divorce from the other parent, you may file for custody in the Supreme Court as part of a divorce action. Alternatively, or if you are/were not, you could file for custody in the Family Court.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/8/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    Most superior courts have a "court house facilitator". They can help some but they can't give you legal advise.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/8/2011
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