Child custody battles can turn nasty quite often. Divorce can lead to many issues related to the children, i.e., child custody, visitation rights, child support, etc. Winning child custody is a priority for many parents, which is why many divorce cases that go to trial make it that far. Coming out as a winner in child custody battles is never guaranteed. Still, a great child custody attorney and a good understanding of what the court looks for when awarding custody to one parent often help improve your winning chances.
There are some cases in which the child custody will be split among both parents, awarding an equal amount of time with the child. Others will be tipped in favor of one parent, while sole physical custody is awarded in other situations. Legal custody, meaning which parent makes decisions regarding the child's education, healthcare, religion, etc., may be joint or sole, depending on the circumstances.
Some situations involve sole physical custody, and the non-custodial parent is granted visitation rights. Keep your cool in the courtroom. Dress appropriately and follow the proper courtroom protocol. This may not win you the case, hands down, but making a good impression may help. The court will act in the best interests of the child, and showing that you're a good parent will be one of the keys to winning the custody battle.
Come prepared with all of the relevant documents necessary for the case, including phone call logs that show the continuous contact between you and the child. Also, keep a log of visitation schedules and proof that you paid child support, if applicable. In determining the best interests of the child, the court may consider the age of the child, the relationship between each parent and the child (who was the primary caregiver).
The court also considers the physical & mental health of the parents, the environment each parent can provide for the child, including the child's physical, emotional, and medical needs, etc. The issues at play may differ from one case to the next, so consulting a good child custody attorney is one of the best things a parent can do to win the case.
Do not waste time in the uncertainty of losing custody of your kids or having the least visitation rights by not grasping child custody laws. Contact Mr. Binoye Jos at Jos Family Law for the best advice. Find the right custody arrangement and guarantee success with the top Orange County child custody attorney. For a free initial consultation, call Jos Family Law at 1-714~733- 7066.