Your initial goal wasn’t to seek sole custody in court, but the way you’ve been treated by your spouse has made you think it’s going to be necessary. They’ve been fighting tooth and nail to show that you’re not a good parent, so you feel like it’s necessary to prepare yourself for trial, do all you can to win custody and get your child out of that situation.
What can you do to give yourself the best chance of success in court? Here are three tips that you may want to use.
Document, document, document
The first thing to consider is making sure you document every aggression or failure on the other parent’s part. When you make a claim, you want to show that you have evidence to back up what you’re saying. Otherwise, it could seem like you’re making claims to make the other parent look bad with no ground to stand on.
Keep your child out of it
The next thing to do is to make sure you keep your child out of the situation. By showing that you’re doing what’s in their best interests and still allowing them to see the other parent (when safe) or see them as a loving parent, you’re proving your own case. You’re showing that you’re reasonable and respectful of their relationship.
Come dressed for success
It might seem like it doesn’t matter, but coming to court dressed nicely is important. Show how well you take care of yourself so that the court sees you put together, professional and respectful. This will do nothing but help your case.
Your attorney will give you more information about the steps to take if you’re going to fight for sole custody.