You may be involved with more than one court system. Here are the three main ones that deal with custody. If you have a case in more than one of these courts, do not assume that one court knows what is going on with your case in another court. It is really important that you tell your attorneys and judges in each court what’s going on.
- It's your right to go to all of your hearings. It's a really good idea to go to your hearings so you know what's going on and are able to say what you want. In between your hearings if anything is troubling you, call your social worker and attorney.
- Judges in probate court hear cases where people (like grandparents, family, friends, etc.) are asking for custody, also called "legal guardianship" of a child who is not their own. You do NOT need to give another adult who is helping you with child care guardianship over your child. You should consult...
- In family court, judges hear cases filed by a child's mother or father asking the court to make a court order saying how the parents should share custody of their child. Family courts also make decisions about child support, domestic violence restraining orders, and divorces.