What happens at first custody hearing?
What will happen at the hearing? At the initial custody hearing, both parents will have to testify in front of the judge about their custody proposals. The judge may ask you specific questions to help better her understanding of your case, and/or to help her decide the best interests of your child.
What questions are asked at a custody hearing?
Here are some questions that a judge may ask during a child custody hearing:What Is Your Financial Status?What Type of Custody Arrangement Are You Seeking?How Is Communication With the Other Parent?Do You Have Any Existing Arrangements?
Why would a judge change a custody order?
If you can demonstrate to the court that the child’s needs have changed, you may have grounds for a custody modification. If a child develops a mental, emotional, or physical disorder, and one parent is better suited to care for the child, that could also provide a reason for a judge to change custody.
How long does it take a judge to make a decision on custody?
After the trial, the judge will generally make a decision within 30 days. The amount of time between the final pre-trial conference and the trial date varies widely from judge to judge depending upon their schedule at that particular point in time.