Divorce is a difficult experience for any child, and the situation is compounded when the divorce process and custody battle is lengthy and acrimonious. The best resolution for both parent and child is a speedy divorce and a rapid custody hearing, though these can often be impossible to achieve.
When it comes to custody battles, emotions can run high and the process can become even more complicated.It is an arduous time for both parents and the child involved. However, it is important to remain calm and focused during the process in order to present your case in the best possible light. These suggestions can provide direction as you go through the process.
1. Keep a record of everything
For you to have the best chances of being seen as the most suitable option for your child's custody, it is necessary to present the judge with as much detail as possible. This would include keeping a record of all doctor's visits with your child, noting down any encounters with your ex-spouse that may be indicative of a disagreement, and any other relevant information.
Financial records are also important to keep track of, as they can show your ability to provide for your child. Make sure to keep a record of all the ways you spend quality time with your child, such as attending school events or extracurricular activities.
2. Make sure you can afford it
Custody battles can be lengthy and expensive. It is essential to have your finances in order so that you can pay for the expenses linked to the process, such as lawyer fees, court costs and any other outgoings that could arise.
It is also important to consider the potential impact on your income, as missed work and time off may be necessary during the process. Make sure you have a solid financial plan in place before entering a custody battle.
3. Don’t get emotional
It is natural to feel emotional during a custody battle, but it is important to manage your emotions in order to present your case effectively. Your ex may try to push your buttons in order to elicit a negative reaction from you, which can be used against you in court.
Do your best to stay composed and professional while going through the process. Focus on presenting relevant information and evidence to support your case, rather than getting caught up in emotional reactions.
4. Show your support network
A court wants to see that you not only have the ability to take care of your child, but that you also have a supportive network in place to help you do so. This includes family and friends who can provide emotional and logistical support.
Make sure to highlight the support network you have in place during the custody battle. This can include providing character references or showing how your support network has helped you in the past with raising your child.