Can I send a petition or a letter to a judge in a custody case or do I send it to the court?
I am not in the suit, i just have information related to the case.
If so, am I required to notify the plaintiff and defendant?
Anything you wish to file with a case should be filed with the clerk of the court and all parties should be copied. If you send anything directly to a judge, it will be ignored; or will be sent right to the clerk and distributed to the parties. Judges are not allowed to engage in ex parte communications.
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What are you trying to do? Are you approaching on behalf of one side or the other? Or perhaps for the benefit of the children? Google 'amicus'.
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Not only would it be inappropriate to contact a Judge in this way, it would be completely unethical for a Judge to review the letter or consider it as it was not properly filed or entered into evidence. If you have information related to a case, you can contact one or both of the lawyers and they will determine whether the evidence is relevant, useful, and admissible.
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If you are not a party to the suit, the answer is "no." You have no standing. If the information you have favors one party or the other, then contact that party or their lawyer, and let them decide whether they can use your evidence. If the information has to do with the health, safety or welfare of the minor child, and is not favorable to either party, and you believe the child to be in danger, then you would take your concerns to the local office of Child Protective Services.
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