A divorce is always a traumatic experience but that is especially true when there are children involved. If you are battling for or trying to maintain custody of your children, you will of course want to do everything you can to improve your chances of being viewed in a positive light. To that end, here are some tips to keep in mind both before and after your custody battle.
Document Your Current or New Home
A divorce court wants to see that the home you are providing for your children is safe and stable. That means it's time to pull out the camera. Whether you are keeping your current home or moving into another residence, you want to show the judge that your children will be perfect safe and sound while they are with you. Pay special attention to the child's bedroom. Make sure the photos are well-lit and that the judge can see the home is properly furnished.
Create and Keep a Calendar
Once custody is decided, each parent might get to be with their children on specific days. He or she might also have specific duties like picking the children up from an after-school activity. It's important that you meet your obligations here. One bad slip-up and your ex might be able to go back to the court and use your mistake as proof that you are not being responsible. Keep a calendar with all important dates and times on it so you can make sure that you will always be ready to help your kids when needed.
It can be hard to get along with your ex both during and after a custody battle. This is the person who might be trying to take your kids away from you. But, with that said, divorce and child custody courts often value a parent who can keep their emotions under control. Be the bigger person and show you are willing to cooperate with your spouse when needed. This demonstrates that you top priority is your children and not just winning a court battle with your spouse.
Child custody battles can be rough, but you can receive or maintain custody if you just focus on your children and not your own personal emotions. Document your life and home for the court, keep a calendar of all upcoming appointments and work things out with your spouse when you can. For more tips, reach out to a legal firm, like the Law Offices of Jamie L. Hazlett & Associates, today.