Q: Interstate Child Custody?
I'm a single mother of 1 year old twins. The father of the twins has done nothing to provide for his sons, never even texted to see how they're doing, and has only seen them about twice since their birth. I recently got the packet for child custody, however, I've heard that things work differently when the respondent lives out of state. I live in Oregon while he lives in California. What steps should I take?
A: First of all you can go to the district Attorney in the county you live in and ask them to establish child support. They will do this for free. You can also file for child custody in the Oregon County you live in. You will just have to serve the papers on the father in California. Assuming that you and the twins have lived in Oregon for six months or longer, and there has never been a custody proceeding in California or any other State, Oregon should have jurisdiction to handle the custody matter. It would be wise to talk to an Attorney about your case before you file and have them review the forms you plan to file. Some Attorneys offer unbundled services so you don't have to pay them to take over your case.
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