What you need to know about child custody cases

A child custody case is one in which a parent is not allowed to share custody of a child with another parent.

The child is placed in the care of a relative or a third party, or both, unless a judge finds the parent’s custody arrangement is “voluntary.”

A judge may also decide whether a child’s relationship to the other parent is in danger, and, if so, may order that the child stay with that parent until the matter is resolved.

If a parent’s relationship with a third person or parent is so close that it would endanger the child’s welfare, the judge may order both parties to stop communicating with each other.

If the judge finds that a parent or relative’s relationship is dangerous, the court may order either parent to spend time with the child in a separate location.

Read more about child care and custody.

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