Fathers VS. The Court
As a father trying to get custody of your child can seem like an uphill battle, the majority of the time this is in fact the case, however it is possible to win your case if you use the right tools. Historically, the courts tend to grant custody of children to the mother, at least primary custody. If it’s come down to a custody battle in court, you’ve already made a step in the right direction by taking an interest, legally, in your children. This may seem like an obvious step to take but there are plenty of fathers out there who don’t make that first step. This is the 21st century however and times are changing. The norms imposed upon us by society that dictate how a family should operate are shifting and fathers are being recognized as an equally important factor in a child’s life. If you’re finding yourself in this situation, here are some factors to think about concerning your case:
- What Kind Of Work Do You Do? Having a job will greatly increase your chances of the judge granting you some form of custody. Being able to provide for your child financially is at the top of the list. If you’re unemployed, it might be time to change that. The nature of your work could come into questions but it’s important, in general, to have a source of income.
- Getting Back To Basics. If you’re at a loss or unsure of where to begin, it never hurts to have a refresher course. Take a parenting class or get involved with some programs that help parents achieve their goals of custody or visitation for their kids. You’re not on your own here, there are plenty of resources for parents like you out there. Educating yourself is the best thing you can do for yourself.
- Records. Having financial statements from your bank, receipts for things you’ve bought for the children etc all help you in the court room. The whole idea is to get your story in the hands of a judge so he can see that you care about your child and that you’re trying to make a decision that’s in their best interests. Having documentation of anything relevant to your case will help you out in the long run, especially if this is the kind of case where your ex is trying to discredit you.
- Presenting Yourself In Court. This can make or break your case in most scenarios. Having a suit and tie, your documents organized and being fully mentally prepared will show the judge that you’re on top of your game. If you need more information on this, talk to a legal professional who can prepare you for court.
This is all about making yourself look good so you can show the judge that you’re making every effort you can to get to spend time with your children. You might be surprised how much your appearance and preparedness will influence a judge’s decision. You’re not the only parent having to deal with this and you won’t be the last. Talk to an attorney or do some online research on how to best be prepared when going through the court system.
- Which Child Custody Plan is Best For You and Your Children? (aboutthechildrenblog.com)
- Guidelines for Child Custody and Visitation for Indiana (aboutthechildrenblog.com)
- Let’s Define Our Child Custody Terms (aboutthechildrenblog.com)
- More Child Custody Evidence For Family Court (aboutthechildrenblog.com)
- How To Provide Emotional Stability As a Parent (aboutthechildrenblog.com)