When you’re dealing with a high-conflict divorce, trying to determine who should have custody and when can be tough. You may have strong negative feelings about your spouse and have your reasons for not wanting them to have primary custody of your child. You may want to take action to fight for primary or sole custody in some cases.
If you are going to court with the intention of winning custody of your child, there are a few things you can do to help yourself. Here are four steps to improve your chances of getting the custody arrangements you want.
- Bring evidence for your claims
The first thing to remember is that if you’re going to assert that your ex-spouse did anything that is harmful to your child or your parent-child relationship, you need evidence. Keep documentation of all negative interactions, witness statements of abuse or violence and other details that will help a judge understand your perspective.
- Be dressed to impress
Another thing to do is to be dressed to impress the judge. You may not think it would make a big difference, but coming in a suit or business-level attire to the court makes a better impression than wearing jeans or shorts, for example. Show that you take the court seriously by appearing clean and put together.
- Don’t speak out of turn
One thing that many judges don’t like is when someone constantly interrupts them or others. Even if the other parent makes you angry or frustrated, don’t speak out of turn. Your attorney can interrupt in an approved manner if necessary.
- Know your child
Finally, know your child. You need to know as much as possible about them, their friends, their medical needs, their schooling and other factors that influence their care. Showing that you are an attentive and involved parent is essential.
These are four things you can do to help improve your chances of winning child custody. The right approach does make a difference when you’re hoping to win a custody case, so be prepared and ready to impress the judge.