- by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Child custody battles can often turn heated during an emotionally charged divorce. Your ex spouse may try to make you look bad to the judge in order to lessen your chances of receiving custody. Below are three tips to help protect yourself and prepare for anything that gets thrown at you during a child custody battle.
- Your role: During your custody hearing the judge may ask you question pertaining to your role in your child’s life. It is important that you be able to define your role and provide examples of how you impact the child’s life in a positive way.
- Keeping records: Documenting as much as possible is only going to help you during your custody hearing. Being able to provide records for financial support, how much time you spend with the child, participation in the child’s school activities and education are all going to be beneficial to you.
- Don’t assume: Never walk into a court hearing assuming that you are going to be awarded custody because of financial status, gender or by pointing the finger at the other parent.
It is extremely important to be prepared for a custody hearing as you may only have one chance to prove you are the best caregiver for your child. Always hire an experienced Marietta family law attorney before your child custody hearing.