One of the most hotly contested issues during divorce is determining the child custody arrangement. Unfortunately, this can be an extremely emotional time for parents and children alike, especially if the parents cannot agree on an arrangement. You may not know how to proceed or what can influence the court’s decision. If you’re looking to improve your chances of getting child custody, you’ll want to keep reading. You’ll also discover how New Jersey child custody attorneys can help you navigate this issue.
What Can I Do to Improve My Odds of Getting Child Custody?
One of the most important things you can do to increase your chances of getting child custody is to be on your best behavior. This includes being as civil as possible with your child’s other parent. If this is not possible, you should avoid unnecessary interaction with them. Again, as this is an emotional time for many parents, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters most, which in this case, is your children’s well-being and best interest.
On a similar note, you’ll want to avoid speaking poorly about your ex-spouse. This includes online (as your social media may be used against you), to your children, and to the courts. Though it may seem like showing the incompetence of your ex is a surefire way to receive custody, you should avoid putting them down. The only exception to this is if they have been abusive or neglectful in any capacity, as you should then speak to their inability to care for the child. Instead, highlight your parenting capabilities instead of focusing on your ex’s negative traits.
Finally, it’s essential to show your dedication as a parent. As the divorce process is overwhelming, you may find that you start to focus on everything about your children, but you forget to spend time with them. Though divorce and custody battles can be exhausting, it’s important to prioritize spending time with your children.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
While all of the aforementioned tips are crucial, the most essential thing you must do if you’re serious about getting custody is to retain the assistance of an experienced attorney. This is a complex area of law, so ensuring that your attorney is well-versed in matters surrounding family law is vital. Not only will they help prepare a legal strategy that can help influence the court, but they present evidence that prioritizes your child’s best interest.
Child custody cases are essential when determining your child’s future. As such, you’ll need an experienced lawyer from Haber Silver Simpson & Russoniello to represent you during this time. Contact us today to learn more about how our dedicated legal team can assist you during this time.