You know you want custody of your child, but knowing what you want and making it happen can often be two different things. If you’re fighting for increased or majority parenting time with your child, there are several things you can do to increase your chances of winning in court:
- Use Your parenting time : If you currently have visitation/parenting time rights, make sure you’re using it. You want to spend as much time with your child as you can. . During your parenting time, you should be spending quality time with your child, including doing fun activities but you will need to ensure you are taking care of typical parental responsibilities like homework, chores, bathing, and putting them to bed on time. You should not to arrive late to your parenting time, and do not make a habit of rescheduling.
- Be Honest: Many parents have worked to invent negative stories to help bolster their own appearance in court. If you lie, your lies will be used against you, so be as honest as possible. While being honest, don’t involve your child in the case. You should never share the details of the case with your child . They are not adults. They should not and cannot deal with your legal battle. You also should not speak badly about the other parent in front of your child, as it not only sets a poor example for your child, it can be used against you in court.
- Be Safe: Make sure you are behaving in a safe manner when you are with your child. This includes having the proper car seat installed in your car, placing them with a seat belt, not inviting strangers around your child, and not placing your child in dangerous or inappropriate situations that could put them at risk.
Obtaining custody and parenting time with your children isn’t an easy task, but it’s far easier if you have a good family law team on your side. Contact us today to learn more.