Your children are the most important people in the world to you, and you want them to always be there with you. Sadly, it’s not always that way. Being a divorced parent can be painful, but you don’t have to settle for less than the best chance to win custody of your kids.
You need to understand why judges make parenting decisions, know how to prepare effectively for court and what you will be required to show the judge. Your lawyer can give you the information you need on the rules of evidence that you’ll be asked for and represent you in the courtroom.
First, what are the steps you can take to help you prove to the judge you’re the best choice for custody of your children? Below are some key things you can do to improve your chances to get custody.
First, follow all court orders. Make sure that you are following all court orders regarding visitation rights. If you don’t follow these orders, it can damage your case when it comes time for a judge to make a decision.
Make sure your ex isn’t planning to take legal action again you. Legal action taken against you can hurt your standing during a custody dispute. For example, if your ex-spouse is being paid child support by you and they don’t get paid on time or in full, then they may try to use this as evidence of poor parenting in court.
Take care when speaking with your ex, and be careful to avoid abusive actions. This includes verbal abuse as well as physical assault. If you have committed acts like these against your spouse or your children, it will make it harder for them to get custody because it’s not in the best interests of the children to be placed in a household with a history of domestic violence.
In many cases, one parent files for custody or visitation rights because the other parent isn’t fulfilling their obligations as defined by law. In these situations, you may present evidence such as:
A guardian ad litem is an unbiased third party who will interview both parents and the child, and present a non-biased report to the court. The guardian ad litem may ask questions to see if the parent has an emotional bond with the child.
These questions give them a better picture of how the parents will respond to the custody agreement and what parent is best fit for custody. Talk to your lawyer about seeking out a guardian ad litem and what you can do about your custody agreement.
The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock has extensive experience with divorce and custody cases similar to yours. We understand that this can be a difficult situation, and we’re here to help you get custody of your children.
Ready to take action to get custody of your children? Fill out our confidential online form below for a prompt response or call 909-466-7661. The sooner you start working with us, the more time we will have to prepare for your case.