3 Ways To Prepare For Family Court

Don’t Get Taken Advantage Of In Court

                A lot of parents going through the court system for their custody or visitation dispute have no idea what they’re doing or where to start; this makes it easy for people to be taken advantage of by their ex or their attorney or anyone else involved in the case. In family law, emotions run high and everyone is a little frazzled. It’s important to keep your wits about you if you are going to come out of this with a custody or visitation schedule that works for you and the children involved. If you feel like you’re being used, or taken advantage of while you go through this here are a few things that can aid you in your cause.

  • Record Everything. In cases where your ex is trying to gain leverage over you by using information or past instances against you, it’s great to have records of your own to make a counterclaim to whatever is getting thrown at you. It can really turn the tide in the court room to have information proving that your ex is making false accusations against you to get what they want. On the flip side of that argument, even if you have some past occurrences that aren’t all that great to have on your record, these things can potentially be overlooked if it’s apparent to the judge that you really are trying to do the best thing for your child regardless of everything else or other factors in your life.
  • All Is Not Lost. For some people, feelings of helplessness can be felt which then begin to affect your case. It’s a common occurrence for parents to see their ex getting an attorney, not being able to afford one themselves and thinking that they don’t have a chance. First off, you don’t necessary need an attorney to get your issue resolved in family court. As long as you have a good solid case for wanting the custody arrangement you’re petitioning the court for, you don’t really need anything else besides the necessary information about what you need to be filing.
  • Stability. There’s an old Zen mantra about being the river that flows unhindered or the stone that is worn down by the flowing water. This is a good lesson to keep in mind as you go through your family legal dispute. Keeping a sound mind and not letting the small details get to you, will greatly improve your chances in the court room. If you’re thinking clearly, then you’re going to make clear decisions.

 

A good thing to keep in mind is this: how you handle everything in court, or out of court if that is the method you and your ex have chosen to get this issue resolved, will dictate how you get treated, in a legal sense, and how your children will be affected by all this. If you’re not making good decisions due to the stressful environment you’re in or sign a document without reading it to get it out of the way, you’re not going to get what you want or what the child wants. It’s important to have as much information available to you as possible.

www.AboutTheChildren.org

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