How to Prepare for a Child Custody Battle
A divorce is difficult enough. But a child custody battle can be the most trying part of a contested divorce process. Child custody proceedings are emotionally draining and the results will likely have lifelong consequences for both parents and children. Those parents who can work out a parenting plan amicably, without involving the court system, are always better off. They usually have more control when it comes to making future decisions and they are better able to shield their children from the legal process. More importantly, the children are less likely to be made to feel as though they have to choose between their parents.
How can I be ready?
When parents are not able to resolve their differences and come to an agreement regarding custody and visitation arrangements, then it is left up to the court. If you are facing a child custody proceeding, there are a few things you can personally do to be prepared.
- Evaluate your parenting skills. If you have any bad habits, be honest with yourself about them and be prepared to defend your actions. Explain to the court how you have changed and point out your positive parenting skills as well.
- Collect relevant evidence. Any information that may support your position on certain issues, or defend against any allegations your spouse may make, should be gathered before the hearing. Examples include witnesses, police reports, school record, phone records, bank records, child protective service records, social media posts, and other sources of information.
- Hire professionals to help. It is usually a good idea to get an attorney who has experience in child custody disputes, especially if your spouse also has an attorney. Depending on the seriousness of the allegations against you or your spouse, you may need to consider obtaining a child specialist or expert. Discuss these options with your attorney.
A contested child custody case is never simple. If you prepare yourself, stay focused on the best interests of your children, and rely on the advice of your family law attorney, you can get through it. Contact us today at (866) 345-2528 for a free case analysis and consultation.