Child custody hearings can be nerve-wracking, but with proper preparation, you can feel more confident in your chances of obtaining the child custody arrangement you are seeking. Your interactions with them and your behavior outside of court can make or break your case, so it is imperative to avoid acting impulsively. If you are ever in doubt, consult with your family law attorney for advice instead of potentially making an irreversible error.
Preparing for the Road Ahead
When it comes to making decisions regarding child custody and visitation, the court prioritizes the best interests of the children. Generally, most family courts believe the continued involvement of both parents serves their best interests, unless a parent is deemed unfit or poses a risk to the wellbeing of the children.
Here are some ways in which you can prepare for your upcoming child custody hearing:
- Be responsible: It should go without saying that a parent who is vying for child custody must exhibit responsible behavior. Be dependable and pick up or drop off your children on time. If you have scheduled visitation with them, do not miss it or leave them at daycare if you can avoid it. It is also crucial to be flexible. Showing a willingness to rearrange your schedule and cooperate with your co-parent will go a long way in court.
- Ensure your home is safe: Providing a safe environment for your children goes well beyond making sure your house is clean and free of dangerous hazards. You should vet your circle of friends and family members. Convicted felons should not be brought around your children, even if the crime was committed a decade ago. If you need a babysitter, make sure you choose one that is experienced and qualified to care for them. Your life will be under a magnifying glass, so every little detail matters.
- Show good character: If you and your spouse are constantly at each other’s throats or you lose your temper in public, these are not signs of good character. You must demonstrate stability, understanding, and a certain amount of restraint when it comes to dealing with your spouse, no matter how hurt or angry you are.
- Be proactive: Although your attorney will do everything possible to ensure your goals are achieved, you must be proactive and forthcoming. Do not hide anything from your attorney, no matter how ashamed of the details you might be. If you withhold any pertinent information, it could derail your case and harm your chances of obtaining the arrangement you desire.
When your day in court arrives, make sure you observe proper courtroom etiquette. Dress appropriately and avoid making any emotional outbursts. Your attorney will advise you on other pitfalls you must be aware of.
Discuss Your Child Custody Case with a Family Law Attorney Today!
At Hedayati Law Group P.C., our family law team is prepared to assist you with your child custody case to ensure you receive the arrangement that is best for you and your family. With over 150 years of combined experience on our side, you can be confident in the services we provide.
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