If the alleged father is found and served a formal complaint, the local court will make a decision on the paternity question.
At the same time, a court order to pay child support may be issued. However, enforcement may take longer when the non-custodial parent lives outside of California.
This is the Georgia court where the divorce will be filed.
The court will assign a case number and have jurisdictional rights to facilitate and grant the orders concerning, but not limited to: property and debt division, support, custody, and visitation.
JC's Question: Does the judge really grant that the children move from week to week to each parent's house? Also, would child support be ordered if there is shared custody? The decision is always made based on what would ultimately be in the best interest of these particular children in this particular situation.
Child support may or may not be ordered - check your state court web site for information.
Paternity may be determined after genetic (DNA) tests are conducted with the mother, the child and the alleged father.
Test results are available in approximately two weeks.
If the prior conviction involves higher level charges like sexual abuse or life-threatening injuries, the court can potentially go even further and terminate all of your parental rights to your child.
At least in theory, every child custody case boils down to what is in the best interest of the child.
Because the character and propensities of a parent are relevant to this determination, anyone with a prior criminal conviction may find their history a major factor in subsequent child custody proceedings.
How much weight they give to your prior history will depend on a number of factors including: If you have a criminal history and are in a child custody dispute, the judge will want to know the identity and relationship of your prior victim.
If your conviction involves an emotional or psychological injury to one of your own children, the court can, and usually will, impose limitations on your custody and visitation rights.