If you are getting a divorce and have children, you and your ex-spouse will need to draw up a custody and support agreement that outlines the roles and responsibilities of each parent. The divorce court can help parents reach consensus on child and custody issues, but reaching an agreement on your own can facilitate cooperation and save you both time and money. State laws on child support and custody issues vary, so you must understand your state's guidelines if you plan on writing your own agreement. Once you and your ex-spouse have reached an agreement, you must file it with the court. After it is filed, a judge reviews the document and, if accepted, enters an order reflecting the terms you and your ex-spouse have agreed upon.
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If you or the other side want to ask the court to do something in a case, you must ask in written court papers called a Motion or an Order to Show Cause. The other side then has a chance to write court papers too. Then everyone comes to court and the Judge decides what to do. There are different rules for making motions and orders to show cause. Some courts, like the Supreme Court, charge a court fee and require another fee and form if a Judge needs to be assigned to the case. For more information about the different types of motions and orders to show cause, read Common Examples of Motions.
Among the most effective tools victims have in the fight against crime is the victim impact statement, which is used at the sentencing of defendants and, in many states, at parole hearings. All 50 states allow some form of victim impact information at sentencing. Most states allow oral or written statements, or both, from the victim at the sentencing hearing and require victim impact information to be included in the pre-sentence report and given to the judge before imposing sentence.