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Pursuing success in a child custody hearing

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2023 | Child Custody |

As a parent, you likely have grave concerns about how your divorce will impact your children. Like most parents, you want what is best for them, and that likely includes seeking a custody order that will provide them with stability and security for years into the future. However, while you may have an idea of what this will look like, the other parent may not agree with you. Disputes between parents may mean that it is impossible for you to negotiate an out-of-court settlement regarding child custody. 

If you are not able to negotiate custody and visitation terms on your own, you and the other parent will have to go to court. Each parent will present his or her side of the case, and the judge will make the final decision on what is best for the kids. If you are facing the daunting prospect of a child custody hearing, it is in your interests to know how you can set yourself up for success. 

Before the hearing 

The decisions made as a result of your hearing will have a bearing on your life and the life of your child for years to come. It is critical to take this seriously, and this means preparing well for what you are about to face. One step that will be extremely helpful is to become familiar with state laws regarding child custody, as well as the better-parent standard. This will be critical if you are seeking sole custody of your children. 

Additionally, you will benefit from gathering and organizing any paperwork you will take with you to your hearing. You can also increase your chance of success by learning about proper courtroom etiquette and dressing appropriately. The more prepared you are, the better your chances will be that the hearing goes smoothly and you secure the outcome you prefer. 

Don’t face it alone 

The prospect of a child custody hearing can be intimidating and overwhelming. If you are considering how you can pursue specific custody and visitation terms in a New Jersey family court, you will benefit from seeking professional guidance as you look ahead. An assessment of your case can help you understand what steps will be necessary to set yourself up for success during your child custody case. As with all matters pertaining to children, their best interests are the main priority and goal.