What do you do about custody if you are pregnant? 5 Answers as of March 30, 2011

I am pregnant with my first child, and I am thinking about divorcing my husband. If we get divorced before our baby is born (I am 4 months pregnant) do we have to determine custody before they are born? Or will we be required to determine child custody after the baby is born?

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Michael Rose Attorney at Law
Michael Rose Attorney at Law | Michael Rose
It takes at least 6 months to be divorce and you are only 4 months pregnant. A visitation schedule can be set up with the newborn. If the baby is breast fed then visitation will be limited.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/29/2011
Goldberg Jones
Goldberg Jones | Zephyr Hill
You will most likely determine custody after the child is born. However, I would still recommend you file your divorce now, if that is what you want to do.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/30/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
You can file for a divorce, but the case won't be completed until after the baby is born. In your matter, it is too early to decide custody issues.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/28/2011
Michael Apicella
Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
A custody determination is made after the child is born. The court cannot make orders based on potential future events. I.e., there is no such things a preemptive custody determinations.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/28/2011
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
You can file a divorce petition now and gain the ability to establish a custody order, but generally the courts won't establish an order until the child is born. If you are looking for assistance, please contact me for a free consultation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/28/2011
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