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Do you know how to prepare for a child custody hearing?

Many parents find themselves facing the unpleasant prospect of a child custody hearing to determine what role they will play in raising their child. Custody hearings are a very small window of time to establish who you are as a person and as a parent before a judge, so it is very important plan for a successful custody hearing.

The biggest mistake that many parents make before a custody hearing is not preparing properly. As a parent, you want to enter the courtroom with a solid understanding of the relevant laws in your state, as well as have a good understanding of the local child custody system and the likely outcomes of your particular case. In most instances, it is easiest to gather this information and make sure you understand it by working with an experienced attorney in your area.

Not only do you want to know what to expect, you should also work to present the best version of yourself to the court. You should make sure that you have all the proper documents on hand. Put together an appropriate outfit and make sure that it is clean. You should also make sure that you understand proper courtroom behavior, to avoid accidentally harming your cause.

These may all seem like small things, but they can greatly affect how a judge perceives you as a person, and ultimately as a parent. If you hope to win some form of custody over a child you love, don't skip proper preparation for the custody hearing. An experienced attorney can help you prepare and work with you to protect your rights and privileges as a parent.

Source: The Spruce, "Prepare for a Child Custody Hearing - Important tips for your child custody hearing," Debrina Washington, accessed Aug. 25, 2017

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