Anyone who has gone through a divorce knows how stressful it can be. If you are going through a divorce with children it can cause you to have an added amount of stress since you have to worry about a custody battle as well. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help to ensure that you get custody of your child. Here are a couple tips.
1. Ask Your Therapist To Testify
Many families choose to go to therapy when they are going through a divorce. You should have your child talk to the therapist as well. This will help the child to have a voice and be heard. When it comes time to decide custody you can call on your therapist to testify. They will give their professional opinion about what is best for the child. For some people this is one of the best ways to figure out how the child feels with each parent. In some cases a child may feel unsafe with a certain parent or they might want to be with both parents. The important thing is that the child's voice is heard.
2. Don't Abandon The Child
A major mistake that many people make is walking away from the children. If you leave your spouse and children you will have a really hard time getting custody later on. When you abandon the child you send a message that you do not feel responsible for their day-to-day care. A judge will look at this and might conclude that you are not committed to the well being of your child.
This is why it is so important that you stay with the child throughout the divorce. Even if you are and your spouse are fighting you should stay around the children. This will help you to get custody.
3. Use Police Records and Medical Records To Your Favor
If your spouse has a condition that makes them unsafe or unstable it is important that the courts know that. If they have a record of arrest, DUI, violence, or a mental illness this should be brought up. It is important that you let the courts know if your ex-spouse is unsafe in any way. The more record you have these types of outbursts or episodes where you ex-spouse was unstable the more the court will rule in your favor.
These are just three ways that you can strengthen your argument for custody. Be sure to contact a professional family law attorney, such as Tracy McMurtrie Luck & Associates, for further assistance.