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10. What is the process for getting a custody and visitation court order?

In most cases, parents can make their own agreements for custody and visitation. If you and the
other parent agree on custody, the judge will probably approve you
r agreement and it will become a
court order. After the judge signs your agreement, file it with the court clerk. Click
here for more help
on writing up a custody and visitation agreement or parenting plan.

If you cannot agree, the judge will send you to
mediation and a mediator from Family Court
 will help you. If you still cannot agree, you and the other parent will meet with the judge.
Generally, the judge will then decide your custody and visitation schedule.

In some cases, the judge may appoint an evaluator to do a
custody evaluation and recommend a
parenting plan. A parent can also ask for an evaluation, but the request may not be granted. Parents
may have to pay for an evaluation.

The judge also may appoint lawyers for children in custody cases. The judge will also decide who will
pay for the child’s lawyer’s fees.

here for more information on getting a custody and visitation order.

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