Child custody is one of the most sensitive issues divorcing spouses face when dissolving their marriage. Although in the past, mothers were almost guaranteed custodial guardianship, this is no longer the case. Today, courts base child custody decisions on the best interests of the children. Therefore, proper preparation is crucial for improving your chances of a favorable result.
Understanding the Best Interests of the Children
Child custody and visitation rights are based on the best interests of the children, so the first step you should take in preparing for your hearing is understanding what this phrase means in the eyes of the law. You should also put your understanding of this phrase into practice when spending time with your children.
Here are some ways in which you can implement this phrase:
- If you have scheduled visitation with your children, do not cancel, show up late, or appear unreliable. You are vying for custody, so now is the time to prove how important your time with the children is.
- Be involved in your children’s lives. Attend their afterschool activities, school plays, games, and parent-teacher meetings.
- Cooperate with your co-parent. Family courts believe the involvement of both parents serves the best interests of the children, so it will harm your custody case if you make it difficult for your co-parent to nurture a relationship with the children.
If your co-parent is making it difficult for you to remain in your children’s lives, thoroughly record these incidents. For example, if you correspond through texts or emails, save them.
Gearing Up for Court
Before you attend your child custody hearing, you should understand proper courtroom etiquette. Your attorneys will let you know what to expect and what to avoid. For example, although this is an emotional situation, you must avoid making accusatory statements or emotional outbursts. Remain calm, level-headed, and do not exhibit hostility toward your former spouse.
Additionally, remember, this is a courtroom and you should wear proper attire. It might not be nearly as important as some of the other tips listed above, but it will help make a good first impression. Whether you like it or not, people form their initial opinions of others based on appearance, so this is your chance to put your best foot forward.
Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorneys Today!
Getting divorced is a challenging experience, especially for parents. At Empire Law, our family law team will help you effectively prepare for your child custody hearing, so you can improve your chances of obtaining the custody arrangement that best suits your needs and the needs of your children. Our attorneys is backed by more than a decade of experience in family law and has a reputation for success. When you choose to work with us, you will receive the assistance of a team that will treat you with the personalized attention you deserve.
Contact our law firm today at (347) 343-5467 to set up a free case evaluation and discuss the details of your case.