3. I understand the custody and visitation arrangement that Plaintiff is requesting and I consent
4. I intend that this custody arrangement will remain in effect until (a) the child reaches majority,
(b) Plaintiff and I agree to change it, or (c) a judge determines that a change in circumstances
justifies a change in the custody arrangement.
5. I understand that signing this written consent answer has important consequences for me:
I am giving up the right to appear in court, where I could ask questions about my options
I am giving up my right to have a custody trial in which there could be a presumption that I
should have custody of the child[ren] and Plaintiff would have to prove that he/she should
have custody; AND
If I want greater custody rights in the future, and Plaintiff does not agree, I will have to
prove that a change in circumstances justifies changing the custody arrangement, and in
deciding my request, the judge would not presume that I should have custody of the
6. I understand that there are alternatives to signing this type of consent:
I understand I could instead sign a power of attorney document giving Plaintiff authority to
make decisions for the child[ren] with the condition that I can revoke my consent at any
I understand that I could consent to giving Plaintiff revocable custody instead; AND
I have decided to agree to this custody arrangement instead.
7. I agree to this custody arrangement voluntarily.
8. I also state that THERE ARE NO CONTESTED ISSUES for this Court to decide.
Request for Relief
I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST that the Court grant ALL the relief requested in Plaintiff’s
Complaint for Custody and/or Access to Children.
I ALSO REQUEST that the Court award any other relief it considers fair and proper.
DC Bar Pro Bono Center (revised 12/2018)
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