Regardless of if you were ever married, going through a child custody battle can be emotional and challenging. If you want to have the best chance of achieving the desired outcome, you should take a few steps to prepare.
Also, keep in mind that your children need to be considered during this process. Always think about what is best for them when pursuing custody.
Evaluate your existing life
Before getting started, you need to consider how well you can provide for your children if you get primary custody. If the child’s other parent currently lives with them, you should find a location nearby which shows you want to keep their routine normal and familiar. You should also make sure that your home setting and job prove you can offer the children stability.
It may be tempting to argue with your children’s other parent when you see them or when you pick up your kids. However, this is not a good idea and is something most courts will not want to see. Always remain cordial and cooperative with the children’s other parent.
It is a good idea to gather information and documentation about when you visit your children and for how long. Also, if you have information that may show the other parent cannot provide a stable living environment, gather this.
Explore your legal options
A child custody battle can get heated and bitter. However, the longer it drags on, the more of a negative impact it may have on your children. By being prepared to make your case, you will have a better shot at achieving the desired outcome and reducing excessive arguing and lengthy battles in court.