Are you really ready for your child custody battle? The process is quite intimidating and there are many factors to understand. This article will show you five simple ways to prepare yourself for any child custody battle.
1) Be sure to attend all school functions.
One of the most important factors in a child custody hearing is whether or not you are doing your parenting duties. A parent who frequently attends their child’s school activities is one that really cares. Keep in mind you can attend different things like school plays, pta meetings, bake sales, and whatever else they are offering. When other parents see you they can become credible witnesses. The interesting thing is that the mothers seem to stick together and look out for one another and the children as well. Parent teacher conferences can also work wonders.
2) Take your child to doctor and dentist appointments.
Professionals make the best witnesses to any court case. When you take your child to the doctor or dentist, there is an automatic record as proof. These work great in your favor because they show that you are in contact with your child and really care about their well being. The word of a professional is taken very seriously in a court of law.
3) Do not miss any church time.
As far as public places go, church is one of the best. I would highly recommend it if you were going strictly each Sunday anyways. My step brother is a minister and he explained to me that the church is a reflection of the community surrounding it. If you attend a local church then get more involved and include your child. You can even bring your child to Sunday school depending upon the religion you follow.
4) Gather witnesses who you can trust.
Witnesses can literally make or break your case in most instances. Before you call someone a trusted witness, you really need to talk to them and let them know what is going on. It is very hard to tell people about your child custody issues, but when you let them know it really opens up an avenue of trust. Another piece of advice is to not just call them out of the blue. Many people who are in these situations will talk to those around them such as professionals and school teachers.
5) Record all daily activities with your children.
This will be by far the most important step to preparing yourself to fight in court. The judge will actually take this information very seriously. A parent in a situation like this who takes down notes and lists trusted witnesses will have a better chance to win their case. Keep in mind that these notes need to be exact and you have the ability to prove them.
Overall you really need to prepare yourself for the actual child custody hearing. Try to imagine what the judge would think if you were not spending time with your children, or acting as a neglectful parent. Also think of how this will play upon the emotions of the child in question. Take your time and understand that all your actions are examined to determine whether or not you will win the case.
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