What to expect in a child custody case

If you are involved in a child custody case, there are a few things you can expect:

A custody evaluation: 

Depending on the circumstances of your case, the court may order a custody evaluation. This is a process in which a neutral third party (usually a mental health professional) assesses the family dynamic and makes recommendations about custody arrangements.


Many custody cases involve mediation, which is a process in which the parties work with a neutral third party to try to reach an agreement about custody and visitation.

Court appearances: 

If the parties are unable to reach an agreement through mediation, the case will likely go to court. This may involve appearances before a judge, during which the parties will present their case and the judge will make a decision about custody.

A custody order: 

If the case goes to court, the judge will issue a custody order outlining the terms of custody and visitation. This order will be legally binding and must be followed by both parties.

Modifications to the custody order: 

If there are significant changes in the circumstances of either party (e.g. a change in job, relocation), the custody order may be modified. This process typically involves going back to court and presenting evidence to support the need for a change.

It's important to remember that the court's primary concern in any custody case is the best interests of the child. This means that the court will consider the child's needs, the relationship between the child and each parent, and the ability of each parent to provide for the child's needs when making a decision about custody.

When you’re ready to have a conversation about child custody, call Fournier Law. We can help.

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