Tips On How To Be Prepared To Go Through Family Court And Win

Court Room Preparation


            A lot of people don’t know what to expect when they begin a custody battle in family court. If you’re like most parents out there with little to no experience with the court/legal system, you’re probably basing your knowledge on what you’ve read in books and seen on television. Family court is not like something you see on Law & Order. The difference is that there isn’t a normal trial with a jury or district attorney. It can be overwhelming once the case has begun and you’re trying to figure out the best way to get custody of your children without spending a lot of money or causing more trouble for your kids than there needs to be. Here are some tips for parents going through a family court case that need some extra information on how to best be prepared when walking into the court room and fighting for custody or visitation rights to their children.

·        The More You Know The Better. Information is your best defense in a family court case, especially if you’re dealing with an ex that is making things difficult at every turn. It’s easy to get discouraged if you’re ex seems to know more than you, has an attorney already or has more money to throw at this than you do. What you need to remember is that what matters is what’s in black and white for a judge to see. Even if you or your ex has a high priced attorney working on the case, the facts of the case are what’s going to determine the judge’s decision. That being said, the more you know the better your chances will be in the court room. If you’re low on resources, check out your local public library, university library or internet websites that can lend you a hand on the information front of this.

·        Keep Your Head. There are a lot of emotions involved in family law. One of the most important things you can do to help your case is to not get angry and make irrational decisions, especially in the court room. The judge doesn’t want to hear a case if both parties are yelling at each other, that’s potentially how you get your case thrown out or moved to a later date. The truth is that judge will, most of the time, have already read the documents that both of your have filed regarding your custody or visitation dispute. When it’s your turn to talk, say what you need to say, address the judges questions and let that be it. Talking out of turn, getting fired up about allegations your ex might throw out there and things like that can jeopardize your case. Knowing how to present yourself in front of the judge can also be a huge factor in your case. Know what to wear, what to say, what not to say etc. are all things that have impacts.

You can get this issue resolved by representing yourself. If the facts you present to the court clearly show that you’re making a decision that is in the best interests of the child, the judge is going to be able to see this as well. It’s easy to get scared if you’ve never done this before. Being scared is okay, not acting and assuming you can’t win because you’re ex has more money than you or has an attorney already is what’s not okay. Do what’s necessary for the greater good.

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