And just what is a SAPCR, anyway?
Divorce cases and SAPCR (pronounced “SAP- sir”) cases are similar. A SAPCR is, and a divorce can be, about legal rights related to children.
What does it stand for?
SAPCR stands for “suit affecting the parent-child relationship”.
When is a case called “SAPCR?
When there is not a divorce pending, but someone needs court direction about custody, child support, rights/duties or visitation and files a suit for this determination, it is called a “Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship.”
Divorce cases involving children are actually also cases which affect the parent-child relationship because the court enters orders about custody, child support, and visitation. But the parent-child part is already included in the divorce case, and so we call them “divorce” cases, rather than calling them SAPCR cases.
What are the Differences in the two types of case?
A divorce case involves the break up of two people who are married legally, or by common law. When the breakup happens, the court will issue orders about the couple’s property, debts and children.
In a Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship, the parents may be divorced, or they may never have been married to each other. In some specific cases, stepparents or foster parents may have the right to file a SAPCR case.
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