I am a minor, and I'm looking to get a copy of custody papers. My mom insists that she has sole custody of me, but I have never seen or heard anything indicative of that, except her word. I'm trying to move out of my mothers home (while a minor) and knowing who has custody of me would make this process a lot easier. I currently live in Texas, this would have occurred in New Jersey, and my father lives in Kansas.
Yes you can get a copy of the order if you can figure out what court it is from. I don't understand what purpose it will serve. She clearly has custody of you. Your father lives in a different state. You don't have the right to move out, to vote, to make contracts, to marry, etc... until you are of age.
Ms. Laster practices in Dalla
You can contact the district clerk in the county where the custody order was signed by the judge and ask for a copy. You'll probably have to pay for it, but you can get the order. You might also check on-line at the Harris County District Clerk's office web site just in case a modification order has been entered in Texas.
As indicated, You ought to contact the court in the county in which you resided at the time- but you should also consider the other states in the event that an order was initiated out of Kansas or modified in Texas.
The papers would not assist however in allowing you to move out....unless your dad is in Texas and is trying to modify this order.
First, ask your father. If he doesn't know, you have to find out the county where your parents lived in N.J. at the time they separated, and order a copy of the judgment or decree from the county clerk. A copy might be available online. If not, you'll need a credit card to order it. Remember that runaway statutes are criminal and might apply regardless of the court orders. It's often best to work with your mother until you're 17 & do not have to worry about these things.
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