What if I don't have a custody decree or visitation order?

Without a valid custody decree or visitation order, both parents have equal rights and access to their child. This lack of structure can mean confusion and undue stress for the child and the parents. Even when verbal agreements are made between the parents for custody and visitation, outside influences can change these agreements and a parent may find that enforcement of these basic parental rights, without an order, can become very difficult. No matter how well things are going with verbal agreements, it is always a good idea to obtain a court order that outlines specific parameters for custody and visitation.

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1. What if I don't have a custody decree or visitation order?
2. How do I obtain a custody decree or visitation order?
3. What if I have reason to believe that my child may be endangered if left with the other parent?
4. Are visitation / custody rights directly related to the payment of child support?
5. What should I do to prepare, just in case my child is abducted?
6. What if my child is abducted by a stranger or someone without custodial rights?
7. Who do I call if I have more questions?