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I Am a Defendant in a Custody Case

This toolkit tells you about responding to a complaint for custody, parenting time, and child support. This toolkit is for defendants in custody cases, not divorce cases. If your spouse filed for divorce, please visit the My Spouse Filed for Divorce, and We Have Minor Children toolkit.

For general information about custody cases, read the Articles. Read the Common Questions if you have a specific question. If you want to respond to the complaint you received, use the Forms link to prepare your forms. The Checklist below has step-by-step instructions for responding to a custody complaint and finishing your custody case. Go to Courts & Agencies for information about the court or agency that will handle your case.

Common Questions

Common Questions

Checklist – How to File an Answer and Counterclaim to a Complaint for Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support (print)

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