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Legal Information: General



This section has general information about custody including:

  1. common factors that a judge considers when deciding custody;
  2. the pros and cons of filing for custody;
  3. whether to ask for supervised visitation; and
  4. how to change a final custody order once you’ve moved to a new state.

To view your state’s specific laws, please select your state from the drop-down menu. Custody is complicated and it is important to try to find a lawyer who has experience with custody and domestic violence laws to help you with your case.