There are different situations in which you may end up getting a child custody order. Custody by consent agreements and considered judgments are two different ways. Depending on the situation you may be able to get custody by consent. You may need to ask the court to decide by getting a considered judgment.
A custody-by-consent agreement is a written agreement between the parents. The agreement sets up the terms and arrangements for custody and visitation. This agreement gets signed by both parents and submitted to the court for approval. Once approved, the agreement becomes a court order and is enforceable.
A considered judgment is a court order that a judge issues after a formal hearing or trial. In a considered judgment, the court considers all the evidence presented. The court makes a decision based on the best interests of the child. If parents are unable to agree on custody terms, a considered judgment may be necessary to resolve the dispute.
Both custody by consent agreements and considered judgments are binding and enforceable. Depending on the specific circumstances of your case you may choose to get custody either way. If there are concerns about abuse or neglect, a court may require a formal hearing to determine custody arrangements.
Ultimately, the best approach will depend on the individual circumstances of the case. It may be important to consult with a qualified attorney to determine the most appropriate course of action.