Child Custody Help for Single Mothers

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Child Custody Help for Single Mothers

The legal system is complicated, and the court process for child custody can be exhausting and expensive for a single mother. Whether you are divorced or you never married, the fight over child custody is emotionally draining. Below is a summary of your rights as a single mother that can hopefully help you in your custody case.

What Are Your Rights?

You have legal custody without having to go to court as long as the three following conditions apply to you:

With custody of your child, you have the right to:

Physical vs. Legal Custody

Physical and legal custody are often misunderstood. Physical custody determines where the child will live, whereas legal custody determines who is responsible for making decisions for the child.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Mother’s Rights in Child Custody?

As a single mother, you have numerous rights with regards to child custody. If you do not understand your rights to custody, you may wish to contact a child custody lawyer for advice. Your attorney can advise you of your custody rights under your state’s laws. You may wish to hire a child custody lawyer before the hearings begin, so that they can assist you and represent you throughout the custody process.

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Last Modified: 04-11-2017 03:11 AM PDT

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