What’s The Difference?
Whether this is your first experience going through court or you’re a veteran of the court system, knowing the difference between legal terms can mean the difference between getting your kids half time or just getting to see them on Wednesdays. In any legal issue, especially family law, the best thing you can do for yourself is to know as much as possible about your surroundings. Think about it like surviving in the wild; if you don’t know how to make a fire, your odds of surviving decrease. Likewise if you don’t know what you’re doing, you might not get the custody or visitation schedule you want or could even inadvertently give up your rights to your child. If you find yourself along in the proverbial woods, here are a couple things to aid you in your legal dispute and finding your way back to civilization.
- Know Your Opponent. It’s not uncommon for a mother or father to find themselves facing an ex that is pulling out all the stops to make them look bad in front of the judge in order to get the child. Walking into court knowing what to say or what kind of terminology will be used in the proceeding or mediation hearing is just one more piece of armor for you to wear. If you feel that the opposing party is lying to the judge, there’s no better way to get around that than already having a fully documented report drawn up with counterclaims to specific accusations proving that they are not being entirely truthful or indeed vindictive.
- Knowing A Little Bit About A Lot. Nobody is asking you to go to law school before you take your ex to court over a custody battle. What you might want to do is get a brief overview of what you might need to know. Having a general idea of the court system, the difference between being the plaintiff or the defendant or just being able to make a sensible decision about whether you want a full legal or full physical custody will improve your chances of winning your case or coming to a mutual agreement that works for both you and your ex. The goal really shouldn’t be to remove one parent from the child’s life; this should be a last resort measure. Even if your ex is asking for full custody of the kids, having a proposed parenting plan or petition with a very reasonable shared agreement can potentially look more appealing the a judge. They will see that you are responsible in drawing up your request and really have the child’s best interest at heart.
Knowing more than the person you’re going up against will help you win your case. There are plenty of resources out there to help parents who are new to the game. If you’re unsure about how the process goes, what will be done or how, in general, you achieve your goal, doing a quick internet search or some extensive reading is a step in the right direction. Checking things like your State’s government website for court information or local family legal resources are great things to look into. There are also national services available, if you qualify, that can prepare you for the court room or help you get everything you need to walk into court with. Doing your homework and being prepared should be at the top of your list.
- Winning Child Custody – More On How To Win A Child Custody Case (aboutthechildrenblog.com)
- How To Coparent Your Children With An Abusive Ex (aboutthechildrenblog.com)
- Family Court Is Also About Presentation (aboutthechildrenblog.com)