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How to Prepare for a Child Custody Case

Every parent’s biggest concern is making sure their child is taken care of. There are many emotions that come along with the battle of your child between you and your former spouse, but it’s important to stay level-headed and focused when in preparation. Working with a family law attorney can be one way to ensure a compelling case, and also increase your chances of coming to a custody arrangement that best suits your needs. There are a few things you should keep in mind when preparing for a case like this:

1. Understand Your States Child Custody Laws

Custody laws differ from state to state so it’s important to become familiar with the laws within the state you live. No matter how much of a pain reading the fine print can be, understand every aspect of your state laws, this will help you understand what you have to expect when you begin fighting for custody.

2. Learn How The Hearing Process Works

Become aware of how the process works so you aren’t faced with any large surprises. If you’ve never been to court before, ask someone you know who has, or gather a list set of questions you can ask your attorney. It’s common for people to visit the courthouse a day or two before their hearing to become familiar with aspects such as where to park, what the courtroom looks like, and an overall feel for how the day should go.

3. Bring the Right Documents and Other Items to Court

Bringing the right documents to the courthouse is essential. To ensure that you have everything you need, work with your attorney on this. They may suggest you bring documents such as phone logs, child support payments, or photographs of you and the child. Judges base their decisions on what’s best for the child, so bringing documents like this will help show that you have their best interest at heart.

4. Learn Courtroom Etiquette

Poor behavior in the courtroom can result in losing custody. Actions such as emotional outbursts, or inappropriate statements are looked down upon in the courtroom. Be sure to discuss what is expected with your lawyer to get a better understanding. It’s also wise to be dressed well, first impressions say a lot. You want to present yourself as clean cute, so cover up any tattoos, piercings, and not too flashy with handbags or jewelry.

5. Have Realistic Expectations

It’s easy to come into a child custody case with expectations that benefits your own personal desires. Keep your feelings under control, and be aware of what the judge can and cannot do. It’s your lawyer’s job to present everything that will help advance your case- trust that. Discuss with them the best way to achieve the most positive outcome, and how likely you are to achieve this.

If you are facing a child custody case don’t feel like you’re in this alone. Here at Pearson Butler, we know how complex and daunting the process can be. Our team has years of experience advocating for parents who are battling custody cases, and we strive to work closely with each client to effectively identify and reach their goals.

Contact us today at (800) 265-2314 to schedule a free consultation!