Going to court to determine the custody of your children can be one of the most disheartening parts of a divorce. You might wonder if there are things you can do to prepare for the experience.
Taking a proactive approach might increase your confidence as the court date nears. Your preparation might also increase your ability to stay poised and rational during a difficult time.
Focus on your children
Your children are the most important part of a custody hearing. Although you might harbor resentment against your soon-to-be ex, do your best to stay objective so you can keep your focus on your children. Your commitment as a parent could make a tremendous difference in your credibility during the court hearing.
Know your rights
Each parent has custody rights during the hearing. Know your rights and learn about custody laws so you can effectively advocate for yourself and the needs of your children. According to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the best interests of your children include sibling relationships, continuity of the children’s education and the ability of both parents to provide for the physical needs of the children.
Maintain your dignity
Confronting your ex in a courtroom could trigger your emotions and leave you feeling unsettled and defensive. However, observe courtroom etiquette and maintain your dignity. Your ability to act responsibly and professionally can influence the court’s opinion of your parenting capabilities.
Custody hearings can present unique challenges, but you can control your reaction. Taking a dignified approach is the best decision for a satisfactory outcome.