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Four tips if you are expecting a child custody battle

Child custody battles often happen when parents cannot agree and will not accept a compromise. For instance, both parents want sole custody, and neither one will agree to a joint custody plan that keeps them both involved. In the end, the court will likely have to rule to decide where the kids will live.

It can be a stressful time for both parents and children. Below are a few tips that may help you:

  • Stay open to compromise. Realize that you may not get everything that you want. The courts do tend to favor joint custody in many cases, unless there is evidence that sole custody really is in the child's best interests.
  • Gather evidence. If you're trying to prove that you deserve custody, do not just expect your word to win out over your ex's word. Gather evidence and documentation to back up your claims.
  • Think about the way you look. Dress properly for court. You may think this should not matter, but a well-dressed parent clearly took the time to get ready for the court date and cares about the outcome. If you do not wear proper clothing and show up late, the judge takes that as a sign that you just do not care that much.
  • Remember that courts put the children first. Nothing trumps their best interests. The court will take the parents' desires into account second, only abiding by them if they also align with what the children need.

The outcome of a custody battle is incredibly important to you as a parent. Make sure you know what options you have.  For additional information or to schedule a consultation, contact a family law attorney at the Quinn Law Firm by calling 814-833-2222.

Source: Very Well Family, "How to Win a Child Custody Battle," Debrina Washington, accessed May 11, 2018

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