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Child Custody and Visitation Fact Sheet

Custody is a legal arrangement that establishes who has the right to make decisions about a child and where a child will live. Custody only applies to children under the age of 18. When you get a custody order from a judge, it will determine two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody.

Fee Waivers in Washington D.C. Fact Sheet

In D.C. Family Court, it costs $80 to start a divorce, custody, visitation or child support case. Once the case has been started, it costs $20 to file a counterclaim or a motion. There may also be other costs, such as witness fees or publication of notices. This two page flyer will explain how to get court fees waived in D.C.

Filing For A Fee Waiver

Information about how to get court fees waived in family law cases.

General Information About Custody

Basic information about seeking custody of a child.

Handbook for People Who Represent Themselves in Divorce, Custody, and Child Support Cases

The court publishes this handbook to assist unrepresented individuals who have cases in family court in DC. It provides basic information about how the court works, how certain kinds of cases are handled, and what to expect during the course of a case.

Serving Court Papers in Washington D.C. - Divorce and Custody Cases

When you file papers with the court, all parties involved in the case are entitled to receive a copy. You, not the court, are responsible for getting the copies to them. This is called service of process. Different situations require different types of service.

Child Custody and Visitation Fact Sheet

Custody is a legal arrangement that establishes who has the right to make decisions about a child and where a child will live. Custody only applies to children under the age of 18. When you get a custody order from a judge, it will determine two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody.

Complaint for Third Party Custody or Visitation

Use this form to file for custody of a child or children to whom you are not a biological parent

General Information About Custody

Basic information about seeking custody of a child.

Fee Waivers in Washington D.C. Fact Sheet

In D.C. Family Court, it costs $80 to start a divorce, custody, visitation or child support case. Once the case has been started, it costs $20 to file a counterclaim or a motion. There may also be other costs, such as witness fees or publication of notices. This two page flyer will explain how to get court fees waived in D.C.

Filing For A Fee Waiver

Information about how to get court fees waived in family law cases.

Motion to Intervene - Third Party Custodian

Use this motion if you are a third party custodian wishing to intervene in a previously filed custody case.

Getting Ready for Court

Frequently asked questions and answers on how you should prepare and what actually happens when you go to court.

Serving Court Papers

Information on your options when serving court papers.

Serving Court Papers in Washington D.C. - Divorce and Custody Cases

When you file papers with the court, all parties involved in the case are entitled to receive a copy. You, not the court, are responsible for getting the copies to them. This is called service of process. Different situations require different types of service.

Getting Ready for Court

Frequently asked questions and answers on how you should prepare and what actually happens when you go to court.

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