In Domestic Cases, there are a few ways to obtain custody:

  • Divorce
  • Parentage Action
  • Non-parental Custody
  • Adoption


A parenting plan is an outline of your child’s residential schedule, often a parenting plan is submitted at the beginning of a divorce action if children are involved. If you were not married, then you would need to establish parentage, the court has ways to address this issue as well.  These are complicated issues and that is why we offer a FREE 20 minute consultation.

While parenting plans need to be specific, they are basically just guidelines. It is important to put together a parenting plan that allows growing room. While there is no “parenting plan police” that governs to see if you are following your court ordered parenting plan, there are some guidelines that make working with your parenting plan more bearable and user friendly.

Imagine you are a co-CEO of a major corporation called Your Child, Inc. and you can not hire or fire the other Co-CEO. For the well being of your child it is important and beneficial to learn to navigate the dynamics of your parental relationship with the other parent for the benefit of your child, unless there are parenting factors that prohibit the other parent or their ability to perform as a parent.  This can be complicated and that is why we would like to sit down with you to go over your concerns and help you through this process.

Stop “push over parenting” and build a parenting team with your former spouse that empowers your parental bond to raise strong and confident children without fear of being sabotaged and undermined.


Parentage actions establish paternity in the event a child was born out of wedlock. This allows the court to establish a parenting plan that shares or limits each parents parenting responsibility and functions.


Are you a relative, grandparent or concerned non-parental party and need to obtain custody of a minor to participate in education decisions, non-emergency health care and other important decisions that children require.  Do-It-Yourself Legal can help you prepare the paperwork, based on your input.


We can help type your documents for step-parent adoptions based on your direction and information.  It is always good to have these documents reviewed by an attorney and we have a large referral base, depending on your needs and circumstances.

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