If you and your former spouse have decided to go your separate ways, then it is helpful if you can both come up with a workable custody plan together. Sadly, things don’t always work out this way and child custody matters may have to be settled in court.
During the custody hearing, the court will be looking to reach a conclusion that is in the best interests of the child. The steps you take to prepare for the hearing can have a significant bearing on the final result. Outlined below are a few tips that can help:
Seek testimony on your behalf
When your child has been in your care, they may have excelled in their education. Giving the court your word on this is one thing, but it’s even better if you can back it up. Why not bring in the glowing school reports? Your child’s teacher may even be willing to testify on your behalf and tell the court how influential you have been in their educational success.
Manage your courtroom behavior
Perhaps you’ve never been to court, so don’t really know how to behave in the room? While things like your appearance or accent shouldn’t really make a difference, first impressions do count. The court will be trying to judge how responsible you are and whether it is in the best interests of the child to stay with you. Like it or not, your appearance and conduct in court will play a part in this. Dress as smartly as you can and try your best to remain polite and composed.
There is no reason why you should be excluded from your child’s life. Obtaining legal guidance will help ensure that your parental rights in Virginia are upheld.