Making a good impression in your child custody case

Posted by Adrian S. Doty, Esq. | Jun 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

One of the most important factors in a divorce concerning parents is child custody. If parents cannot negotiate an agreement between them, then the courts will step in. The central issue in any child custody case is the best interests of the child. This is what the courts will be motivated by while coming to their final decision. 

How can you display that it is in the best interests of the child to remain in your custody? 

Your behavior in court 

Child custody cases can be highly contested. You understandably feel incredibly emotional, but it's vital that you channel this in the right way. Outbursts in court will not serve to help you. The court will consider how you conduct yourself in their presence, and it may ultimately influence their final decision. 

What people of influence have to say about you 

Once your child reaches the appropriate age, they will spend much of their time at school. If you've been heavily involved in helping them develop, learn and achieve good grades, then it will benefit you to show this. A teacher may be willing to testify on your behalf and explain exactly how your parental influence has assisted the child in their education. 

Stay organized 

Having all of the relevant documentation ready for your case will also help you greatly. For instance, you can show that despite issues arising with your co-parent, you have always stuck to your end of any previously arranged custody orders. If you have any concerns over your co-parent's well-being or parental ability, you can also take a note of this and present it to the court. 

Child-custody matters don't have to be contentious but sometimes they can be. If you're having difficulty asserting your legal rights as a parent, seeking guidance from someone with experience in this area will be highly beneficial. 

About the Author

Adrian S. Doty, Esq.

Adrian Doty is a Senior Associate Attorney at Sunnen Law. Mr. Doty began his legal career working as a civil litigation attorney in Los Angeles before moving to the Bay Area in 2014 where he gained complex civil and family law litigation experience working for one of the largest family law firms.He has experience with a variety of complex Family Law matters, including complex and high-net-worth case matters custody and visitation disputes, contempt and post-judgment enforcement, military-family law issues, and domestic violence restraining orders. Mr. Doty understands how emotionally difficult family law matters can be, which is why he is dedicated to the efficient management of his client's cases. While he always works to achieve settlements through negotiation when possible, he aggressively litigates to protect his clients' interests when necessary. 


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