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Social Story: Custody Hearing, What to Expect

Hands holding a broken heart

When parents decide not to be married anymore, this is called a divorce.

A young girl standing with two adults

A divorce is not my fault.

A woman and a man stand together. They are sad

My parents might be sad or angry.

A young girl is crying.

I might feel sad, angry, anxious, and confused. It's okay to have these feelings.

A young girl is standing smiling, with a court house.

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.

There is two image circles. In one a young girl is with a woman and the other the young girl is with the man.

The time I spend with each parent is called "custody".

There is a girl and a woman. The woman asks the girl,

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.

A woman with glasses is with a judge

The guardian ad litem will tell the judge about what is best for me.

A young girl stands with a judge

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.

A young girl stands in front of a judge

The judge will make a decision on what they thinks is best for me.

There is two homes depicted. The red house has a woman in front and the other house has a man in front.

There will be some changes in where I live and how much I see each of my parents.

There is young girl with a man and woman. They all look happy.

I need to remember that both of my parents love me and will help me with the changes.

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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.