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Preparing For Your Child Custody Hearing: What You Need to Know

April 13, 2016

family lawUndoubtedly, going through a separation or divorce can be painful and overwhelming. This is especially true if you have children involved. A recent report released by the U.S. Census Bureau stated that among the 14.4 million custodial parents across the nation, 48.6% of them had either a legal or informal child support agreement in place. And while you may hope to work out a custody agreement with your ex-partner without going to court, unfortunately, this is not always an option.

Custody battles are often highly emotional endeavors. While working with family law attorneys can help guide you through the process, it’s still likely to be a tough road if you’re involved in a contentious battle. But if you are well-prepared, it’s going to be much easier. To answer some of your family lawquestions, we’ve put together a few things you should know about preparing for your child custody hearing. Of course, you should consult with a family law child custody attorney to discuss specifics about your case and what you should expect.

  • Understand Laws and Standards
    Child custody laws will vary depending on your state, so it’s important to become familiar with the ones that will apply to your case. Some states may favor joint custody, while others are more inclined to grant sole custody to a parent. And if you’re planning on requesting sole custody, you need to know all about the “better parent” standard and determine whether the premise of obtaining sole custody will be in the best interest of your children. Your family lawyer will explain all of the complicated regulations to you and help you determine the best course of action for your case.
  • Compile Evidence
    In a child custody case, you will need to prove to a judge that you are a fit parent and have a good relationship with your children. Testimony from character witnesses and even your own account will be helpful, but you should also gather physical evidence that supports your claims. Suggested items include photos of you and your children together, as well as pictures of your kids’ rooms at home, memorabilia from events you’ve attended together, or even your children’s awards, report cards, and other documents that illustrate what your their life is like at home. Give these items to your attorney as soon as possible so that he or she can decide which will carry the most weight in your case.
  • Dress and Behave Accordingly
    In a court of law — and especially for such a high-stakes case — you need to act and look a certain way. If you aren’t seen as respectable, it can really impact the outcome of your case. Your lawyer can explain in detail how you should dress and behave in court. You can even do some role playing so you know what to expect. A trial can be nerve-wracking, so the better prepared you are, the less anxious you’ll feel. And when you feel less stressed, you’ll be less likely to behave in uncharacteristic or unbecoming ways.

If you need help with a family court case, our child custody and divorce attorneys are here for you. To find out more or to schedule a consultation, contact the Martin Law Firm today.

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  • Casey D. Martin, Kings County Attorney at Law provides legal advice and representation for people throughout Hanford and Lemoore, CA. Casey D. Martin maintains a strong reputation as an aggressive attorney who will fight for you, specifically in the fields of criminal law, family law, and civil law and is also one of the only attorneys in the Central Valley with a thorough comprehension of the Indian Welfare and Child Act. If you or a loved one needs help with an ICWA related matter, or is seeking counsel from an experienced Lemoore Lawyer please call 559-530-3144 for a confidential consultation, our office is located in Historic Downtown Hanford right behind the Carousel in the old Courthouse. We are pleased to say that it is right across the street from Superior Dairy Ice Cream, and right in back of the Farmer’s Market Every Thursday in downtown Hanford.



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