If you are in the middle of a child custody dispute, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed and afraid of the prospect of an unfavorable result. Generally, family courts believe it is best for children to maintain a relationship with both parents, though it is likely one will receive custodial guardianship. Continue reading to learn how you can prepare for your case.
Tips to Prepare You for Your Child Custody Hearing
One of the best ways to prepare for your child custody hearing is to approach it with a willingness to cooperate with your spouse. If you appear to be unreasonable or unwilling to work with your co-parent, this will not do you any favors in court.
Here are some additional tips to help you navigate your case:
- Be forthcoming with your attorney and be completely honest. Family law matters are deeply personal and there are some things you may not be proud of, but lying will only hurt your case.
- Children are often spared the burden of having to testify in a child custody case, especially if they are very young, so do not ask your children which parent they would rather live with. Even if they did have to testify, a judge’s decision will not rest on the children’s preference.
- Work with your attorney to put together an effective witness list. Your children’s teachers, a minister, or someone in a professional position are all good places to start.
- Demonstrate to the court that you care more about ensuring your children’s needs are met than you do about winning custody. Family courts do not look favorably at parents who treat these matters as a means to get revenge on their ex.
Child-related matters are often emotionally charged, so consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Set Up a Case Evaluation with Our Experienced Child Custody Attorney Today!
If you are dealing with a child custody case, the family law team at the Law Office of Tzvi Y. Hagler, P.C. can help you. You can rely on our experienced attorney to provide the compassionate and knowledgeable legal guidance you need to navigate your case and ensure your children’s best interests are protected.
Reach out to our law firm today at (516) 514-3868 to request a consultation with our attorney to get started on your case and learn more about what we can do to help you.