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If it was easy to get what you needed from your spouse, you two would not be splitting up, so you are worried about the custody of your kids. You expect a battle and need to prepare.
Custody battles can be long and emotionally painful. Prepare your psychological reserves and plan a practical approach. Think long-term. Here are three tips to help you show the court that you deserve custody.
In some cases, the best defense is a good offense, and this applies to many family law situations. Do not wait for the other parent to file papers with the court. File first and you establish the terms of discussion.
But also understand that courts have certain standards they must follow. A court will decide where your child lives based on what seems to be in the best interests of the child. That means your job is to show the court that you are a caring and responsible parent who meets your obligations to your children, including financial obligations.
If you are considering seeking custody or are in the throes of a custody battle right now, consult with counsel. Many family law attorneys consult for free or a minimal fee and will be happy to assess your case.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.