Seeking Exclusive custody. Anyone know about it?? What forms do I need to have the father sign over his rights? HELP!!

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Carol - posted on 03/11/2009

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My best suggestion is to go to a lawyer that specializes in this type of stuff. Once the lawyer knows the situation in detail, he/she will be better able to help you. Most offer a free consultation and then you will pay a retainer. The lawyer will then act on your behalf and get the paperwork together and file it with the court. Then a court date will be set, etc. Be prepared also, because the father can and might contest giving up his rights...then the proceedings could possibly get lengthy.

Nancy - posted on 03/11/2009

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oh.. there are levels of custody. Your lawyer will ask you if you want him to have any imput at all, visitation... etc.   There was no 'default' when I went to my lawyer to file for divorce (in May 08)... I was simply asked what I wanted.  You can have sole 'legal' custody with means he has no imput over where you live, what schools you child goes to... etc... or you can have sole custody of the child which means he lives with you, you have all of the say over visitations, etc.. but you share 'legal' custody which means he can have imput over schools, geographic location, and visitation etc.



Your first visit should be your District Courthouse to inquire about papers needed for the judge, Then I would go to ask a family law attorney how much they will charge you to file the papers for you.. this why they will ensure you do not miss a step or leave a loophole.



 



good luck!

Nancy - posted on 03/11/2009

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Custody judgments are the sole discression of each individual judge. Get a lawyer that specializes in Family law in your state. Consultations are usually free. If your ex husband agrees to the situation it will only be a matter of signing some papers before a judge.

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Pam - posted on 08/17/2011

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I would talk with your local juvenile court and see if they could help you terminate the rights of your childs father. they could lead you to the paperwork or someone who could help you

Tamara - posted on 03/11/2009

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Custody laws vary by state so I'd start by looking at the laws in your particular state. Most states that I'm aware of are moving towards granting joint custody as a default unless there is a reason that one parent should have primary custody due to the unfitness of the other parent.

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