When you’re thinking about getting a
divorce, it is important to also consider how your separation will affect custody
of your children. Will your children be living with you? Will they live
far away from the other parent? Who will be responsible for child support
and health insurance for your kids?
If you and your ex-spouse are on decent terms, you can actually enter into
an agreement to share custody of the children. However, if you and the
other parent can't come to an agreement, you will need to ask a judge
for temporary custody and visitation orders.
What Is Temporary Child Custody?
child custody is not permanent and is only meant to be in effect until the divorce or
child custody proceedings have been finalized. Courts will usually order
temporary custody to help maintain a stable environment for the child
while the parents’ divorce case proceeds. Temporary child custody
order can also be used to keep a parent from moving out of state with
the child during the course of the divorce. A temporary custody order
will help you keep your parental rights and prevent the child’s
other parent from doing anything to sabotage your relationship with the child.
How Do I Get a Temporary Custody Order?
Temporary custody is not something that happens automatically. To obtain
temporary custody, you will need to file a petition for custody while
your divorce is pending. You can make this request in your initial divorce
petition or after the paperwork has been filed. A hearing will be held
to make a judgment on your request. In addition to custody, the following
things might also be addressed at a temporary order hearing:
- Visitation Schedules
- Cost of Transportation
- Child Support Disputes
- Domestic Violence
- Health Insurance Coverage
When making their judgment, a judge will consider the following factors
to determine what is in the best interest of the child:
- The relationship the child has with each parent
- The physical and emotional health of each parent
- The physical and emotional needs of the child
- The ability of each parent to meet the needs of the child
Temporary custody orders generally stay in place until the divorce proceedings
have been completed. However, a judge can change the custody order if
it’s not serving the child’s best interests. A major change
in a parent’s circumstances can also be grounds for altering a temporary
Do you need help getting custody of your children? Contact our Bowling Green divorce attorney
to schedule your case evaluation today.