Social Story: Custody Hearing, What to Expect
This social story was created by ASERT to explain the process of a custody hearing to individuals with autism.
When parents decide not to be married anymore, this is called a divorce.
A divorce is not my fault.
My parents might be sad or angry.
I might feel sad, angry, anxious, and confused. It's okay to have these feelings.
My parents may not on agree on where I should live and how much time I get to spend with each of them. The court will need to decide. This is called a custody hearing.
The time I spend with each parent is called "custody".
Someone from the court, called a guardian ad litem, might ask how I feel and where I want to live. It's important that I tell this person the truth about how I feel.
The guardian ad litem will tell the judge about what is best for me.
The judge might ask me how I feel and they might want to talk to me in their office. It's important I am honest with the judge about how I feel.
The judge will make a decision on what they thinks is best for me.
There will be some changes in where I live and how much I see each of my parents.
I need to remember that both of my parents love me and will help me with the changes.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.