CHILD CUSTODY

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WHAT IS CHILD CUSTODY?



It is whereby one parent is given the responsibility of taking care of the child and making decisions for the child in the case of a divorce or separation.

CONSIDERATIONS OF CHILD CUSTODY



The judge would take the following considerations when deciding on who to give the custody of the child to:

  • The wishes of both parents
  • The wishes of the child
  • Financial ability to provide for the child
  • Family support

THE CHILD CUSTODY PROCEDURE

Below is a rough outline showing the steps needed in applying for child custody, care and control, access or guardianship. The person who files the Originating Summons is referred to as the Plantiff and the other person is the Defendant.


APPEALS

An appeal to the Judge of the High Court may be filed if one is not satisfied with the decision of the District Judge. In order to file for an appeal, a Notice Of Appeal (Form 113) must be filled up in the Civil Registry of the Subordinate Courts. Moreover, the Notice must be not more than 14 days after the order from the District Judge. The Notice has to be served on the other party within 7 days of it being issued.
 
 
 
FAMILY LAW
•   Divorce  
•   Maintenance & Division of Assets  
•   Custody of Children  
•   Separation Deed  
•   Annulment of Marriage  
 
 
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