Divorce is difficult for so many families. One of the most difficult things about divorce is being separated from your child. You might do anything to get your child back.
If you are trying to maintain some form of custody over your child, these are things you need to do. These steps will prove to a judge that you are worthy to have your child in your care.
Refrain from Speaking Negatively About the Other Parent
One of the worst things you can do in the eyes of the court is talk poorly about your child's other parent to your child. It is also not a good look to speak poorly about the other parent in court or to any potential witnesses.
Demonstrate Your Bond With Your Child
It is also important that you demonstrate the important bond between you and your child. What kind of relationship do you have? Showing up for school events and taking advantage of granted visitations are good options.
Avoid Arguing in Court . . . And Elsewhere
Arguing with your ex-spouse or the child's other parent is always a no-no for court. Make sure that you maintain a sense of decorum as you go to court, even if the other side tries to anger or excite you.
Share the Believe You Want Your Child to Know Both Parents
Do not let the court believe you intend to keep your child from building a healthy relationship with his or her other parent. Ensure the court that you intend to facilitate a strong relationship.
Don't Let Animosity Keep You From Your Child
Never avoid showing up for a visitation or custody exchange because you are angry with the child's other parent. Make sure that you make all assigned meetings.
Stop Habits Deemed Unhealthy to the Judge
If you use recreational substances or are frequently out late at night, the judge may determine that your home is not a good environment in which to raise a child. If you have been accused of having an unhealthy environment for a child in your home, you may need to provide evidence otherwise.
Create a Parenting Plan
You will look better in court if you show with solutions, not problems. Consult with a child custody attorney can help you develop a parenting plan that works for you. It may be adjusted in court, but showing up with something is better than showing up with nothing.