Your divorce is underway and there are several important issues to be settled. The most important of these is child custody. Ultimately, the court will come to their ruling on this matter based on the best interests of the child.
All the evidence you present to the court will be vital to your case, and this includes your conduct in the courtroom itself. The court will be trying to assess what type of parent you are. Outlined below are a few things to keep in mind when trying to convey the appropriate image during your appearance in family court:
You have to attend
It sounds obvious, but you have to remember exactly when the court dates have been set. Life can throw up unexpected events, but the court is likely to frown upon later attendance or absence altogether. If you know in advance that you aren’t going to make it, then you need to let the court know. Remember, they will most likely only adjust hearings in exceptional circumstances.
First impressions count
You only get one shot to make a first impression, and it counts. Try to arrive early and dress as smartly as you can. Custody cases can be frustrating but it’s important to retain your composure. Of course, you care passionately about your children but it’s vital not to let this passion spill over into anger.
To submit a strong case, you need to have all the relevant documentation and evidence at hand. This will allow those who are arguing on your behalf to make compelling points in your favor.
As you negotiate custody terms it’s crucial to remember that you have a host of parental rights in California. Having legal guidance behind you will ensure that you can assert these rights in court.