In addition to divorce cases, there are several types of cases that involve child custody, parents’ visitation rights, and child support.
A paternity case establishes who the legal father of a child is, establishes rights of inheritance between the father and child, and establishes child support. No custody nor parenting time rights are determined in a paternity case.
In addition to the rights and obligations established in a paternity case, a legitimation case also addresses custody and parenting time rights.
Once a final order has been entered by the court, your case is completed and closed. However, circumstances sometimes change and a final order needs to be modified. There are a number of factors that impact whether and when custody, visitation and child support should be altered. Some of these factors are: a significant change in the income of one or both parents, a move by one parent, a child’s election to live primarily with the non-custodial parent, a significant increase in expenses for a child, and the length of time since the entry of the most recent court order. If you have any questions about whether it is appropriate to modify your court order, contact us.
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