Temporary to permanent custody


#1

Maybe the attorney has something to add, but I’ve read of people having temporary custody for years until the child ages out…
I would say that if you need to have court ordered primary custody for child support or other reasons, you would need to have a hearing set for it. You may need to hire another attorney or see if your previous attorney has someone that took over his cases.


#2

The passage of time is what makes a temporary order permanent. You can continue to operate under a temporary order until either of you tries to go back to court to change it. If the other parent tries to go back to court on custody it would then be appropriate to argue that the passage of time has made your order permanent and the other parent must prove there has been a substantial change before it would be appropriate to change the order.

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#3

Several years ago I was given temporary custody of my children due to drug use by the other parent. Both parents agreed in writing and temporary custody was ordered. We were never married. My lawyer said custody would automatically become permanent after 2 years if the other party did not object in the meantime. My lawyer then moved out of state. Is there something else I must now do to make this permanent?