Making a strong argument for child custody can be difficult, but there are some ways to improve your chances of winning your case. Take this advice from our Union County child custody attorneys and do your best to show that you are prepared to be the custodial parent.
How Can I Make a Better Case for Child Custody?
There are some steps that you can take to make a better impression on the court. We often recommend that our clients:
Schedule a child custody evaluation: There are psychological professionals that can actually evaluate an environment and determine whether or not it is a good one for a child. If you are evaluated and receive favorable results, that can carry a lot of weight with the judge deciding on custody agreements.
Focus on your positives: You should be mostly concerned with showing that you and your home are a good fit for your child. Focus on your positives and what you bring to the table as a parent. Simply focusing on the negatives of your spouse or resorting to petty criticisms can end up backfiring, so try to avoid going on the attack here.
Stay engaged: Continue being a big presence in the lives of your children, even if the child custody arguments are really beginning to cause some stress. Now is the time to show what kind of parent you are. Continue going to games, do not cancel on plans, and keep up with how they are doing in school.
Have everything documented: You should have any documents pertaining to your children, like medical records and school report cards, but you also should be keeping documentation of your own. Write down what you end up doing with the kids every time they visit and show how you are doing your best to spend valuable time with them at every opportunity.
Be reliable: If you are always late for pick-up or drop-off, you are not going to look like a dependable parent. Showing up on time shows that you make your children a top priority, so always do your best to be someone that your kids can rely on.
Should I Hire a Lawyer?
A family law attorney can make it easier to build a better case for child custody. This is a complicated process and having someone knowledgeable about the law by your side can be beneficial. If you have any questions about child custody laws and hearings, your attorney can answer them. They also might be able to help you find more ways to show that you are the best parent to get custody.
Call and Schedule a Consultation
If you are serious about winning a child custody case, you need to use all the resources available. That means hiring a knowledgeable family law attorney from Ross & Calandrillo, LLC. Schedule your consultation today and learn more about how we can be of assistance.