Being over-prepared is always best when it comes to anything regarding the legal system. This includes child custody.
While some documents may be unneeded, it’s always best to have as much information as possible on hand. Being prepared and organized will not only reduce your stress, but it may help you achieve a more successful outcome for your case.
You need a written submission that is presented to the court that outlines your position and what you would like the court to do. If you have documents that support your claims in the submission, be sure to include those.
Some of the documents to include with a written submission include:
- Phone call logs
- Visitation schedules
- Child’s records (i.e., report cards, doctor’s reports, etc.)
All these things will be submitted to the judge for review before your court date.
Findings of a custody evaluation
In child custody cases, a judge may order a custody evaluation where a third-party professional meets with your child several times and visits both parents’ homes. Their job is to report back with a custody recommendation.
You do not have to wait for this to be ordered by the judge. You can request the court order one or ask if you can hire an expert to conduct it. This may be beneficial for difficult custody battles.
Preparing for your child custody hearing
Any matter involving your children can be emotional and stressful. While this is true, there are steps you can take to reduce some of the stress of this process. You have legal rights and resources at your disposal, and during child custody proceedings, it is smart to utilize what is available.