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Join our Online Information Clinic (OIC) livestream video about custody, and chat online with a lawyer, on May 18, 2021 at 12 pm EDT. The next OIC starts in:

And join our Online Information Clinic (OIC) livestream video about custody on May 18, 2021 at 12 pm ET.

Custody: Court Process

Join the WomensLaw’s legal team for a series of Online Information Clinics (OICs), where you can watch a short training on custody and chat with a lawyer about any questions you may have about domestic or sexual violence or stalking. Drop in any time between 12 pm – 4 pm ET to view the OIC and to chat with a lawyer who can provide you with legal information and referrals! You can also watch the OIC any time on WomensLaw.org and ask your questions through our Email Hotline.

Topic Date/Time Online Information Clinic Description
Custody: Definitions and Court Overview May 4th, 2021
12:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Basic information and definitions related to custody, including the difference between sole, joint, legal and physical custody. We also discuss visitation and provide an overview of the court process, including what a definition of the “best interest of the child” standard.
Custody: Court Process May 18th, 2021
12:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Instances where a court petition may or may not need to be filed, the process for filing a petition, how a judge will decide custody and visitation and other “players” in a custody case. We also discuss what usually happens in a trial or during a settlement, options for when a judge rules against you in court, and how to change an order after it’s issued.
Custody and Domestic Violence June 1st, 2021
12:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Brief overview of the way domestic violence intersects with custody cases. We discuss how judges might consider domestic violence when deciding custody, limits that can be put in place to protect the abused parent and child, and the relationship between custody cases and restraining orders.
Interstate Custody and Domestic Violence June 15th, 2021
12:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Issues related to relocating with your children, parental kidnapping, in which state a custody case would take place if you leave the state, and what you should do before leaving the state. We also discuss what to do if the abuser moves the children out of state and how to get a lawyer.

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