I want to have sole custody over a child. How can I do this?

Litigation regarding child custody
  • What do you get: Decision on manner of exercising parental rights.
  • Why do you need it: The issue of custody over children arises when parents separate and if they cannot agree on the custody model, the court decides on this matter.
  • What happens if you do not do it: The court will certainly determine the manner of exercising parental rights based on the opinion of the Centre for social work, and if someone does not take the initiative to make a proposal (in this case with a petition) he/she risks that the other party gets custody independently

Clients can understand which laws are relevant and important, who initiates the procedure and how does it develop in a detailed step-by-step presentation below and finally, will be provided with a link to other relative legal services.


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Administrative fees:

  • Birth certificate fee – RSD 420


  1. Introduction to the case
  2. Preparation of the petition
  3. Filing of the petition
  4. First hearing
  5. Hearings
  6. First instance decision
  7. Complaint
  8. Second instance decision


  • Documents proving parentage:
    • The original child’s birth certificate, which can be obtained at any municipality office in the Republic of Serbia.  
  • Documents proving non-existence of the life community of the parents:
    • Parents’  extramarital statements given before the court.
  • Power of attorney:
    • Please check Power of Attorney in “General”.


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