For parents, no one is more important than their children. If you are getting a divorce, the thought of potentially spending substantially less time with them is likely a chief concern of yours. However, although this is an emotional experience, you must do your best to set your feelings aside and prepare for your upcoming custody hearing.
Effectively Preparing for Your Custody Case
You cannot change the past, but you can always try to correct course on your child custody case by doing your best to demonstrate that you are an engaged, responsible, and loving parent. No matter how much you are struggling with feelings of anger and resentment toward your spouse, you need to manage these emotions, so they do not get the best of you inside or outside of court.
Consider working through your feelings with a therapist. Having a designated outlet to talk about your struggles will help ensure that you do not end up reaching your boiling point at an inopportune time. The last thing you want is to have an emotional outburst in court.
Here are some tips that will help you prepare for your upcoming child custody hearing:
- Be responsible and engaged: Although you undoubtedly have a lot on your plate at this time, you should not shirk your duties as a parent. Pick them up and drop them off on time and avoid leaving them in daycare unless it is an emergency. If your children are involved in afterschool activities, attend them and show your support. Most importantly, maintain a clean record, especially when it comes to your driving record.
- Create a safe environment: You must provide a safe and loving home environment for your children, especially if you are aiming to be their custodial guardian. If you invite anyone into your home, make sure they are properly vetted first and do not have any felony or sex-related offenses on their record. If you are dating someone new, your partner should not spend the night or begin living with you this early on in the process. It could upset your children. Additionally, your home should be clean and free of hazards that pose a risk to your children’s health and safety.
- Show good character: It might seem near impossible to do, but part of showing good character means not getting into heated arguments with your spouse or fighting in front of your children. Showing an unwillingness or inability to cooperate or even remain civil with your spouse will not do you any favors in court, so keep things clean and respectful.
Discuss Your Child Custody Case with One of Our Attorneys Today!
If you are fighting for custody of your children, the legal team at Family First Legal Group can help you get through it. Our team will provide the advice you need to smoothly navigate the complexities of such an emotionally charged case. Throughout the years, our family law attorneys have assisted countless families and would be honored to do the same for you.
Get started on your case today and reach out to our team at (914) 752-5333 to set up a free consultation.