Legal and physical custody between parents is determined by court order. If there is no court order, law enforcement agencies, schools, doctors, etc. may have different and conflicting policies on how they determine which parent has custody. There will be a filing fee to establish an order for custody and/or paternity/custody. Access our fee schedule. You may also click on the appropriate link below to access forms and information to file documents to establish custody and/or paternity. To determine the forms that are appropriate for you, you may wish to speak to an attorney. Court personnel may not determine the form appropriate for your situation.
Petition to Establish Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time & Child Support (PDF)