Family courts can be a little rough on fathers. That is why it is absolutely necessary to be overly prepared to fight for your rights as well as your child's. This article will arm you with the top 6 tips you need to prepare for a custody battle. |
1. Keep Even Tempered: Custody battles can get pretty nasty. The worst mistake you can make is losing your temper. Don't give your opposition a tool to use against you. Make sure to keep calm, collected, and always be prepared.
2. Gather Evidence: For the strongest case possible you need recorded and concrete evidence. If you're going for full custody and claiming that the mother of your children is unfit, you will need as much evidence as possible. Evidence includes photos of abuse, videotapes, video recordings, neighbors or friends written and notarized testimonials or anything that's relevant. Always have more than enough supporting documentation then your lawyer determines what is usable and what is not.
3. Know Your Rights: Do you know your rights as a father? Do you understand the formula the court system uses to calculate child support payments?
4. Hire A Female Counsel: A female lawyer may help balance out any bias that may exist in a custody case. Do not take this lightly. Seriously consider hiring female attorney. According to the Separated Parenting Access & Resource Center website your odds for winning are much higher if you have a female attorney. When hiring any counsel make sure to do your homework by examining her track record, experience level, and how many father's custody battles she has won.
5. Keep Journals and Photos: Keep a journal of everything that is going on including details of times and places spent with your child. Also photos when you and your child are out. This will show how happy your child is when he/she lives with you.
6. Attend School Events and Meetings: Be present for concerts, parent teacher meeting, and other school events. Make sure you are present for these events no matter how big or small. The judge will look to see the level of involvement you have in your child's life. If they see a great track record of you always being present and involved your odds are much higher than if you're not. These are the actions you need to take immediately. Having a checklist of what you need to be doing will make it easier to compile all the information for your custody case. Understand the full process and how to control as much of it as possible. Also, know and properly prepare for when you need to testify in court. Again you would like to be as overly prepared as possible.
This process may seem frustrating but with the right tools to understand the process and the proper counsel it's not overwhelming at all. Knowledge is power and the more equipped and prepared you are the more confident and relaxed you will be. No guessing or secrets which will help you win your case and do it with as little anxiety as possible.
I'm Melvin Noel a creative writer, entrepreneur, and business leader. I try to write about things that I have a passion for and have actually experienced. I know too many fathers who go to court unprepared and they usually end up with unfavorable child custody arrangements.
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