Although a custody order is not completely necessary if you plan on co-parenting, it is always a good idea to have one in place to settle any disputes you might have about custody and visitation.
There are a few things that you need to know when you intend to file for custody.
Who can file for custody?
Any biological parent can file for custody of a minor child. Grandparents, guardians or other caregivers can also file for custody if they have proof that both parents are unfit for custody.
How do you file for custody?
You can file for custody by writing a complaint seeking custody of a child. You can also have a lawyer file the complaint for you.
Why file for custody?
There are a lot of reasons why you might want to file for custody. The main reasons are:
- Unfit parent or parents
- One party wishes to relocate out of state or out of the country
- You and your ex don’t get along and cannot agree
- Improving stability in the child’s life
Custody gives you legal and physical rights. It allows you the legal right to make decisions about your child. Without a custody order, both parents have the right to make decisions that may conflict.
Where to file for custody
Ordinarily, you file for custody in where the child lives or the child’s home state. A home state is somewhere that the child lives for at least six months before the custody case.
Child custody is a bit decision and not having a custody order may seriously impair your ability to raise your child the way that you see fit.