About Child Custody Laws

One major question on almost every single parent’s minds involves child custody laws and how those laws pertain to their specific circumstances or situation.  It is important to know that every state has it’s own set of child custody laws that govern parental rights and responsibilities.  Regardless of the state, one thing you can be certain of is that they are very complex laws and you should never consider trying to go it alone.

There are many resources out there but by far the most helpful resource will be a qualified, competent attorney in your local jurisdiction.  Specifically an attorney who primarily focuses on family and child custody laws.  That being said, there are other resources available as good starting points.  For instance, most local courts have a family law department that helps parents with the necessary paperwork to get the process started.  Almost  all of these family law departments will specifically instruct you that they do not offer legal advice and that their only function is to help you understand the process and what types of paperwork need to be filed.

There are also often legal aid societies in or around the area you live.  You may need to do a little research but this is another great resources, especially for those who do not have the financial resources at their disposal to retain an attorney.

The important thing to always keep in mind is that, as stated previously, child custody laws are extremely complex and have many different aspects to them.  Your specific situation and circumstances are a major component of how those laws will affect you.  That is why legal advice or assistance is not only valuable but necessary.

If you currently have questions regarding child custody laws as they relate to your specific circumstances, it is important to reach out and speak to an attorney. I have provided a link below where you can ask your legal question right now and receive answers from real, qualified child custody attorneys. This is a free service and I am certain you will find this to be an invaluable tool on your journey to getting the answers you need about your particular situation.

Free answers to your legal questions

This link above will take you to one of my favorite sites for all things legal.  Not only can you ask your legal questions and get responses from real, qualified attorneys, but you can also take advantage of a large number of excellent legal resources on this one website.  You definitely owe it to yourself to check out this resource.

As stated previously though, there are many, many great resources out there when it comes to understanding and navigating the complicated arena of child custody laws.  It is so important to realize this because you should never have to feel like you are alone.  Single parenting is challenging enough without having to feel like it is something you have to understand or handle by yourself.  Please keep this in mind and do not let yourself get discouraged.  You are capable of being the best possible parent to your child(ren) and you owe it to your children to be just that.

4 thoughts on “About Child Custody Laws

  • October 3, 2016 at 6:52 pm
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    Great post. The complexity of child custody laws cannot be overstated. I completely agree that getting legal aid is in everyone’s best interest. The link you provide for free answers is a great resource, thanks. People tend to accept legal advice from friends and family, most of which are unqualified to provide such advice. Every situation is unique, as you’ve mentioned. Getting help that is tailored to your needs can mean the difference in how smoothly the child custody process goes. Thanks again.

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    • October 3, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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      Thank you so much for the feedback and you are absolutely correct. It is always saddening to see people end up trying to go through the process alone because of the complexities. Thanks again.

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  • October 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm
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    After discovering that my husband has been having an affair with my best friend for over a year, I recently asked him for a divorce. We have three children together, ages 7, 5 and 2. I no longer want anything to do with him but realize that is impossible due to the kids. I am so worried that my children will be adversely affected by joint custody (which he wants) but see no way around it. I wasn’t aware of this free attorney service so I appreciate your sharing this. I haven’t worked in 8 years and less than $5,000 in savings so I am worried that I won’t be able to afford a lawyer. My husband earns around $200,000. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

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    • October 3, 2016 at 7:36 pm
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      Thank you for your comment and I am sorry to hear of your situation. I definitely recommend starting with reaching out to the free question resource on avvo.com but also, I have found that often your local court will have a family law resources department that can guide you to a local legal aid provider. All too often I see a troubling disparity of finances between separating spouses and of course, that is a frightening thing. Reach out to your local court and see what options they recommend, and definitely ask questions on AVVO as there is no limit to how many you are allowed to ask. Thank you again.

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