How Do I Find Child Custody Laws In My State?

Child custody laws can be very confusing. Adding to the problem is the fact that child custody laws can vary quite a bit from one state to the next. Some states have relatively few child custody laws, whereas other states may have specific guidelines that courts have to follow in order to grant child custody. Ultimately, these factors can leave a parent’s head spinning with more questions that they have answers.

The easiest way to go about finding child custody laws in your state is to find a lawyer. An attorney who has been trained in, who has studied, and who has experience arguing child custody cases in your state is very often the best possible resource for finding child custody laws. If you are in the process of trying to win child custody, hiring the right child custody attorney is an important part of the process that you will need to follow. As a matter of fact, having the right attorney can often make the difference between winning your child custody case or losing it.

Having said that, there are other resources that you may be able to use to find child custody laws. The attorney general of your state may post child custody laws, or at least child custody guidelines, on their websites. You might also consider talking to your state senator or your state representative, who can often either find out the information for you or who can put you in touch with someone at the state who can answer some of your questions. Here again, though, specific applications of the child custody laws would really need to be discussed with an attorney.

If you have some legal background and are comfortable reading and interpreting legislation, the actual laws passed by the legislature in your state are often available on the Internet, or even at your local library. Having said that, most people will need to rely on another resource to help interpret the legal technical terminology.


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