No one ever expects to get a divorce when they get married; however, many marriages end in divorce nowadays. What's worse is that many of these couples have had children throughout their marriages, resulting in the need for a child custody agreement to be determined in the divorce. Each parent is going to want to win the child custody, but what do you need to do or not do in order to win? The following dos and don'ts will help you ensure that you present your best self to the court and hopefully help you win your custody case.
1. Do Show You're Willing to Work With the Other Parent
Believe it or not, it is possible to lose custody because of your unwillingness to amicably work with the other parent. Therefore, regardless of whether you "like" your ex, he or she is still and will continue to be a part of your kids' lives, so it is important that you show the court that you are willing to work with him or her.
2. Do Prepare Documentation
Though not the case in every custody situation, if you believe that the children may be unsafe with your ex—such as in the instance where the other parent has a history of physical or serious substance abuse—you will want to meticulously document any interactions with the other parent including your own as well as the children's. Keep in mind that the other parent may be doing the same against you for the court.
3. Don't Arrive Late or Reschedule Your Visitation Time
If it is your scheduled time with the kids, make sure that you arrive on time to pick them up or drop them off. Otherwise, you create a very negative impression for yourself, especially in regards to your commitment. In addition, you want to avoid repeatedly rescheduling your visitations. If you say you are going to be there, make sure you will be there.
4. Don't Make Up False Accusations
It is important that you never make up false stories about your ex or exaggerate stories regarding your ex's shortcomings in an attempt to child custody. Lies that you present to the court will eventually come out and used against you in front of the judge—and it won't be pretty on your part.
For more information on how you can win custody as well as other dos and don'ts, contact a child custody law office in your area.