The Do’s and Don’ts of Winning a Child Custody Battle — Part I
Are you a father seeking guidance for your child custody battle? We understand how intimidating it can be to prepare for such an important battle alone, and we want to help make sure you have the support you need to succeed. Here at A Dad’s A Parent, Too (A.D.A.P.T.), we are ready to go the extra mile to help dads understand their fathers’ rights.
With personal experience fighting and winning multiple custody battles for our own children, our team understands as much as anybody what it takes for fathers to be successful in cases like these. Over the course of this two-part blog series, we’ll be discussing the do’s and don’ts that fathers should keep in mind to help them win a child custody battle. Continue reading below to learn more about what fathers should do in preparation, then reach out to our team in Florida to receive further support.
Be Willing to Work With Your Ex
Showing a willingness to work with your ex-spouse is an important first step to demonstrate during a child custody battle. No matter how difficult this may seem, doing the opposite can be an easy way for the courts to decide you do not have the child’s best interest in mind. While not always true, your ex could still play an important role in your child’s life, and staying cordial with them shows you want what’s best for your child. This can be as simple as checking in on them when picking up your kid for a couple days or being friendly over the phone.
Continue Your Involvement
For fathers who have been granted parental rights, it is imperative to continue your involvement in the lives of your children. Spend as much time with them as possible and make it evident that you are willing to be there for them. Whether it be helping them with their homework, spending an afternoon playing at the park, or simply being present when they need it, this kind of intentional involvement shows you are more than capable of being an outstanding father.
Teach Yourself About Family Law
Understanding the process of a child custody battle allows you to be prepared for any bumps along the road. While each and every case is different, you can show your readiness and maturity when you are aware of guidelines to follow during a trial. This can help prove to the court that you are fit to care for your children.
Have Documentation Ready
In some extreme cases when you believe you should receive sole custody of your children because it is unsafe for them to stay with your ex, make sure to have prepared documentation that proves this. Whether it be a history of physical or verbal abuse towards you or them or frequent drug or alcohol abuse, make sure you document these interactions so you are ready to show them during the trial.
Request a Home Evaluation
If you fear that your ex may try to create a negative impression of your home, get ahead of the curve by requesting an in-home evaluation to prove that your home is a safe, loving place to raise your children. This not only proves your home is a good place for children to live, it also shows that you are willing to take extra steps to prove you are fit for fatherhood.
Following these five do’s can help you prepare for your child custody battle. If you need extra assistance in understanding your fathers’ rights, call the A.D.A.P.T. team in Florida today. Make sure you check out the second part of the blog to understand what not to do during preparation.