Child custody is one of the most crucial aspects to sort out when you divorce. The final outcome will have a massive effect on your child’s future and yours.
Here are some of the things you will need to get the result you want:
You might struggle to think with a clear head during a divorce due to the mass of emotions engulfing you. It can make it hard to know where to start. Yet, with the correct information, you can create a plan to work through what you must do.
Let’s say you are divorcing because your spouse was sometimes violent toward you and your kids. A record of all those violent incidents will be much more compelling than merely telling a judge your spouse occasionally got aggressive.
If you take your divorce to court, the judge has limited time to form an opinion about you. Think about how you can show them you are the kind of parent your child needs. Focus more on that than attacking your spouse, as that may give the judge the impression you are vindictive and will be a lousy co-parent.
Custody does not need to be a battle, and it is better if it is not. You and your soon-to-be-ex likely both want what is best for your child. Yet, it is easy to forget that generally means your child gets to spend regular time with each of you. A bit of give-and-take will be necessary to achieve this.
Start by getting legal help to ensure you understand the different custody options and likely outcomes a court would reach.