How to sign over temporary custody of a child

Are you going out of town and need to have temporary custody of a child given to someone else? Perhaps you’re about to go into the military or take a job that requires relocation. In any case, temporary custody transfer is an option available through the courts.

There are forms to fill out for temporary custody transfers, but if any party involved neglects to file the temporary custody papers with the court, it is impossible for temporary custody to be transferred. In that case, both parents would have equal temporary custody of a child.
It’s best not to rely on informal temporary custody transfer arrangements. If you have concerns about your temporary parenting time being affected by an emergency or spontaneous decision from the other parent, temporary custody papers need to be filed in order for temporary custody arrangements to be legally binding.

What temporary custody is and why it’s important

Temporary custody can change when circumstances warrant a temporary parenting plan adjustment. For example, if one of the parents plans on moving, temporary custody might change so that the child will stay with the parent who isn’t moving.

Also, temporary custody can be temporary sole custody if one parent plans on moving out of state without the other spouse/partner/significant other and their child. In this instance, a temporary sole custody arrangement is necessary for the non-moving parent to maintain parenting rights over a child while the temporary relocation occurs.

How temporary custody is established

The temporary parenting time arrangement can be the temporary sole or temporary joint custody. The court will make the temporary parenting time arrangements based on what’s best for a child over the course of a temporary arrangement. In other words, the courts look at temporary custody as temporary until it becomes permanent after a set amount of time has passed.

The temporary custody papers allow temporary parenting time to be changed depending upon the circumstances. If you need temporary custody arrangements changed, temporary custody papers can be filed with the appropriate court for temporary custody arrangements to be legally binding.
If you know as far in advance as possible that temporary sole or temporary joint custody is necessary, it’s best not to wait. In the case of temporary sole custody, temporary papers need to be filed as soon as possible so temporary parenting time can be established as needed.

In temporary joint custody arrangements, it’s a good idea to file temporary papers before the temporary arrangement begins. This way temporary custody is legally recognized from the beginning and prevents future headaches with temporary parenting rights.

After temporary custody papers are filed, temporary arrangements should be made that last for a period of time agreed upon by all temporary parenting parties involved. If temporary parenting rights aren’t agreed upon and written down in temporary custody papers, the temporary custody agreement will default to split temporary custody. In which case both parents would have equal temporary parenting time with the child.

Temporary custody arrangements are temporary until they become permanent after a set amount of time has passed. This means temporary custody papers need to be filed in order for temporary parenting rights to be legally binding.
Once temporary custody paperwork is filed with the courts, temporary parenting time orders can be changed based upon what’s best for a child over the temporary custody arrangements. In the case of temporary sole custody, temporary papers need to be filed as soon as possible so temporary parenting time can be established as needed. If you know in advance that temporary sole or temporary joint custody is necessary, it’s best not to wait.

In temporary joint custody arrangements, it’s a good idea to file temporary papers before the temporary arrangement begins. This way temporary custody is legally recognized from the beginning and prevents future headaches with temporary parenting rights. If temporary parenting rights aren’t agreed upon and written down in temporary custody papers, temporary arrangements default to split temporary custody. In which case both parents would have equal temporary parenting time with the child.
Temporary custody arrangements are temporary until they become permanent after a set amount of time has passed. This means temporary custody papers need to be filed in order for temporary parenting rights to be legally binding.

Once temporary custody paperwork is filed with the courts, temporary arrangements should be made that last for a period of time agreed upon by all temporary parenting parties involved.
If you’re interested or need guidance on temporary custody of a child reach out to us here at Handelinlaw.com. We have temporary lawyers that offer free consultations and can answer any questions you may have regarding temporary custody of a child.