A split between New Jersey parents is difficult regardless of the circumstances. However, looking to the future and focusing on the children is best. To improve your chances for child custody, prepare for your custody hearing by following these tips.
Know how the hearing works
Learning about how the child custody hearing process works can help you be better prepared. Going to the court a day or two before the hearing can give you an idea of the surroundings. You can also study up on the state’s laws to familiarize yourself with how things work in court.
Bring the right documents
There are various documents you must bring to the custody hearing as evidence that may help strengthen your case. These can include phone records, text messages and other correspondence proving that you have regular contact with your child. Photos and videos of you spending quality time together, journals, your child’s grades or report card, medical records and anything else relevant should be included to present to the judge.
Wear appropriate attire
Going to court means dressing appropriately; this means at least business casual. Men should wear pressed pants, a button-down shirt with a sweater or vest with or without a tie and dress shoes. Women can wear slacks or a skirt with a blouse and nice shoes or boots with or without a heel. Covering up tattoos and piercings might be best to make a good impression.
Knowing how to act in court is the key to looking good before the judge. Avoid emotional outbursts and don’t speak out of turn. Even though it’s often difficult not to get heated, keeping your temper in check can only benefit you.
Maintain realistic expectations
Be realistic about your child custody hearing. You might not end up getting full custody of your child even if you think you deserve it; however, with strong evidence, your case could be stronger than you think.