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FAQ - Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time (Custody)

How does the court make its decision regarding legal decision making?

If there is a dispute about legal decision making, the court sometimes refers the parents to mediation services. This process gives the parents an opportunity to reach an agreement regarding legal decision making and related issues. However, if the parents are unable to come to an agreement, the court will decide for them. Sometimes the court seeks professional advice from outside experts who evaluate the family situation or offer an opinion about legal decision making. In some situations, the court also may order an investigation by a social service or other agency. In every case, the court must decide legal decision making based on a determination of the best interests of the child.


Custody Process

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