It is a contested custody divorce and the oc and judge are friends. The oc got the case referred to family / juvenile court in the Oconee Judicial circuit (8th district). I am not sure if it was discussed at the calendar call or ex-parte order. What are the procedures for family court to decide custody? What do I need to do to prepare (psych, etc)?
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
There is ONE must to prepare. A contested custody case without a lawyer is very likely to go very badly for you. That means hire a good lawyer and do what he says. That is the single thing that will matter most.
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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
You will need hire an attorney. Juvenile Court can decide most issues of custody, at least temporarily, and are often employed in the Oconee circuit to decide such matters. I can refer you to several local options who specialize in Domestic Relations. Please feel free to call my office.
General Practice Lawyer
Since custody is involved you will definately need to hire a good attorney to address this issue. Custody cases can become very complex and involved very quickly.