There are numerous important matters to settle during a divorce, with child custody being at the top of the list. If parents cannot come to an agreement themselves, then it will be up to the court to make a ruling based on the best interests of the child.
The court can’t see behind closed doors, they can only come to their judgments based on the evidence that is presented to them. What sort of things should you keep in mind during your child custody case?
A record of your cooperation
The court will generally prefer if both parents are able to communicate effectively and put their differences to one side for the sake of the children. This can be difficult, and your former spouse may refuse to go along with this. They might claim that you haven’t made an effort to call, visit or pay for your child. Fortunately, your phone records and financial statements can counter these claims. If you can prove that you have been cooperative and sincere in your efforts, this will strengthen your position during the custody case.
Your child has excelled in school when they’ve been in your care. However, you don’t want to place yourself in a position where it is your word against that of your co-parent. As a parent, you should have no problem obtaining school reports that show how well your child has done while staying with you. In some cases, teachers are even willing to testify in family court, which would certainly strengthen your case.
Ideally, you and your co-parent should be able to come up with a workable parenting plan together. As you go through custody proceedings, just make sure that you have sound legal guidance on your side.