You and your spouse have separated, and the divorce proceedings are about to begin. If you are parents, the first and most important matter to settle is child custody. Whatever has happened between you and your spouse, your children should not suffer as a result.
If you’re not able to negotiate a custody agreement and need to ask the court to determine custody, you may be thinking that there’s not much you can do to boost your case. This is far from the truth. Every decision you make, even minor ones, can have a significant bearing on your case. Outlined below are a few important factors to consider.
Managing your appearance
Dressing in the appropriate attire creates an impression that you care about what’s happening. If you have made your best effort, this won’t escape the notice of the court. Remember, they are looking for signs that you are a responsible individual and a competent parent.
Show up on time
The family courts can be backlogged at times, so there isn’t much margin for error. If you know in advance that you are going to be late, then it’s vital to let the court know. Tardiness will not create a good impression in the eyes of the court, and it could even end up harming your case.
Organize your documents
Both you and your spouse have your sides of the argument, and this is what you’ll be expressing in court. It’s all well and good to claim that your child does better at school when in your care, but having the evidence to back this up is even better. By bringing in school reports and letters from teachers, the court can see the basis for your claims.
You don’t have to go through a divorce on your own. Having legal guidance behind you will help you to obtain the fairest possible settlement.