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Want to win a custody battle? These tips can help

You hope to win custody of your children. If not sole custody, you'd at least prefer joint custody. Your spouse, though, is pushing to get sole custody and would like to cut you out entirely.

This can be a worrisome time, but there are things that you can do to improve your chances. Below are a few tips that may help:

  1. Forge a strong relationship with your kids. Make sure that they want to spend time with you and that it's clear that giving you that time together is in the children's best interests.
  2. Follow any court orders that are given. For instance, if you're ordered to pay child support, make sure you pay it on time.
  3. Stay involved with the kids outside of the home. For example, perhaps one of your children in on the football team and another is in the drama club at school. Go to those practices, games and performances.
  4. Come up with a plan that includes specifics. For instance, if given custody, can you leave work to pick the kids up after school? Do you have rooms for them to live in at your house?
  5. Always remain respectful of your spouse. These custody battles can be trying, and parents may be tempted to lash out at one another. Always be as respectful and civil as possible, both in the court and on your own time, even when you're not getting along.

Custody of your children may very well be the most important part of your divorce. Make sure you fully understand all of the legal options that you have.  If you would like to learn more, contact a family law attorney at the Quinn Law Firm at 814-833-2222.

Source: The Spruce, "10 Child Custody Tips for Fathers," Debrina Washington, accessed Feb. 14, 2018

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