If you are involved in a child custody dispute, preparation will be a big part of what increases the chance of success for your case. Given the emotional nature of these legal matters, it is also crucial to hire an experienced family law attorney to handle your case and effectively guide you through the process. Continue reading to learn more about what you can do to prepare for your case.
Preparing for Your Child Custody Case
Child custody matters are based on the best interests of the children and, under this umbrella, there are several factors a judge will review before rendering a decision. One of the most important steps you can take as you prepare for your case is to fully understand what these best interests entail. You and your spouse undoubtedly both believe you know what is best for your children, but in the context of the law, this term takes on a different meaning.
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when you go to court:
- Bring all the necessary and pertinent documents to court. You will need to collaborate with your attorney to determine what to bring. For example, you may need to bring an annotated visitation schedule, phone log, or proof of child support payments.
- It may seem like a minute detail, but learning basic courtroom etiquette should be incorporated into how you prepare for your case. Showing respect to the court by dressing properly and foregoing any emotional outbursts, for example, will reflect positively on you.
- Work with your attorney to learn more about what to expect during your child custody case. A skilled and experienced attorney should help relieve many of the burdens of enduring this dispute, but you should still play a proactive role in your case. The more you understand your situation and your legal options, the better prepared you will be for the road ahead.
- Lastly, it is crucial to be on your best behavior in and outside of court. Do not flake on your children, do not engage in any arguments with your spouse in front of your children, and comply with any temporary court orders that are currently in effect.
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If you are in the middle of a child custody dispute, do not hesitate to contact the family law team at Fait & DiLima, LLP. We are backed by more than 50 years of combined experience and will provide compassionate support and knowledgeable legal advice.