It is natural for parents to want what is best for their children; to witness them grow, change, and blossom into who they really are. When two partners part ways and had children together, a battle over child custody is bound to arise. Of course, parents are often committed to doing whatever they can to be awarded custody. However, not all parents know exactly what to do (and not to do), to make this happen. We highly recommend parents meet with an attorney, for tactics on how to win their child custody battle.
Prepare Documentation Beforehand
It is important that parents gives themselves plenty of time to prepare for the child custody hearing way in advance. If parents wait until the last minute to get ready, they may realize they haven’t brought all the necessary paperwork they need for the hearing. We encourage people to get legal help as soon as they decide they will be parting ways from the other parent. If there were shared children together during the relationship, then a negotiation over child custody is inevitable.
Be Willing to Cooperate with the Other Parent
Parents who are unwilling to cooperate with the other parent, may actually lose their chances at receiving custody. In an ideal situation, the child is able to maintain a positive relationship with each parent. A judge may consider awarding joint custody, so both parents can continue playing a major role in their child’s upbringing. A parent who is resistant to collaborating with the other parent, may end up not being awarded any form of custody and only permitted visitation rights.
An attorney suggests that parents become informed about the potential outcomes, so they don’t walk into the courtroom with unrealistic expectations and then find themselves distraught after the verdict.
Showcase Your Best Self in Court
There can be so much more to the court hearing than simply showing up. The first impression you make to the judge may be what ultimately sways the decision. For example, if you show up late, poorly dressed, messy, and unprepared, the judge may think that maybe you aren’t as responsible of a parent as you claim. While this may be harsh to hear, it is imperative that you do everything you can to be on-time, wear professional clothing, and speak respectively towards the other parent.
Be Open to Requests from the Court
The child custody hearing is your time to show just how dedicated you are to providing your child with what he or she needs. If the judge asks you to attend parenting classes, seek counseling, or make adjustments to your home, agree willingly and have it done immediately. Even if it isn’t something you agree with or want to do, this is the best opportunity to show just how committed you are to your children’s happiness and health.
Parents who want legal support during a child custody battle, can contact us to schedule their consultation with a family lawyer Collin County, TX trusts. They are on your side. Please call today.
Thanks to Scroggins Law Group, PLLC for their insight into family law and child custody battles.