“What Are Standard Orders Made In Custody Cases?”

There are certain form orders that are made in family law cases involving custody, and unless there are unusual circumstances, they will be made in all cases. They are meant to make co-parenting easier and to spell out certain things that apply to all cases. Here are some of the most common orders:

Non-Disparagement: This means that both parties will be instructed not to say negative things about the other party or the other party’s family to the children. This is meant to prevent the parties’ disagreements from affecting the kids, who love both parents and are not the cause of the conflict.

Non-Discussion of the case: this means that neither party is supposed to discuss the court’s rulings, the allegations, or documents in the case with the minors. Each party should limit the discussion to simply informing the children of what the schedule with each parent will be.
Equal Access to school records: Both parties have the right to have complete access to school attendance records, grades, and schedules of events. Both parties have equal rights to attend school events and conferences.

Equal access to medical records: In most cases, both parents have the joint right to make medical decisions. This means that both parents are to have full access to records, be informed of all appointments, and attend those appointments.

Phone contact: Both parties should have reasonable phone contact with the children when the other parent has the children. This is a standard order, and means that they can call the children. Sometimes this is modified, however, because there is a conflict over what is reasonable, or one parent denying contact. In those cases they court might limit the contact to certain times and durations and spell those out specifically in the order.

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