Various aspects of divorce proceedings are stressful, but perhaps none more so than issues involving your children. You have an idea about what is in the best interests of the children, while your ex has their own opinions. The family court will also have formed their own judgment based on the evidence presented to them.
What are the best ways to strengthen your child custody case?
Make a good impression on the court
Ultimately, the court will be assessing your parental abilities. However, it’s human nature to judge people based on how they present themselves. The court will expect you to set a good example for your children. This means you need to think carefully about how you dress, carry yourself and speak when in the courtroom. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and first impressions count.
Accounts from witnesses
If anyone in an esteemed position, such as a teacher, can testify to your parenting abilities, then this will significantly strengthen your case. For instance, a teacher may be able to inform the court about how much your child’s grades have improved whilst they have been in your care. There is no harm in bringing any reliable witness forward to testify in relation to your parenting skills.
Oral statements in court are all well and good, but written documentation is even better. Can you get a copy of your child’s school reports? Do you have evidence of your phone logs and visits with your child? You will also be able to note down any legitimate concerns you have over the welfare of the child if they do not end up in your care.
As a parent, you have a host of legal rights at your disposal. To assert these rights, make sure you approach someone with the relevant knowledge in such matters.