Whether you’re getting divorced or just trying to regain access to your children, child custody cases have high stakes. The family court is always going to make its decisions based on the best interests of the child. As a parent, you will certainly factor into the rulings that the courts come to. They’ll be looking closely at the type of parent you are and have been in the past.
As a result, you want to be ready for any court hearings. Outlined below are some important factors to keep in mind.
Bring the relevant documentation
It’s up to the court whether or not they take you at your word, but you don’t really want to get into this situation in the first place. For instance, if your claim is that your child performs very well at school when in your care, you can evidence this by showing school reports. A written record of you sticking to any current custody arrangements and child support payments will also be of benefit to you.
Keep your cool
As stated previously, the stakes involved in a child custody case are high. This can make the situation tense and frustrating at times. One thing you definitely don’t want to do is visibly lose your temper or address anyone in the courtroom inappropriately, even if you feel you are being wronged. The court will want to see that you can remain calm and compromise with your co-parent when this is in the best interests of the child.
Another key part of preparing for a child custody case is seeking legal guidance. This will help you to assert your parental rights.