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    What is "interim custody"?
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    An interim custody order is a short term custody order that has effect until the final order is made. It is usually sought by one parent right after separation so that the person with the children will be secure in the knowledge that the other parent cannot remove them claiming to have as much "right" to the children as the other parent.

    As with interim support orders, an interim custody order may have effect for a long time. In the nature of things, what a party may have been prepared to accept because it was only intended to last a short while may end up lasting long enough to become what the court will consider to be the "status quo." In that case the interim arrangement may become permanent without one party realizing it.

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