One of the primary goals for most parents facing the divorce process is seeking terms that will allow them to protect their children as much as possible. You want to ensure that your divorce does not cause your children undue mental and emotional harm, and one way you can do this is by pursuing custody and visitation terms that are reasonable, sustainable, and fair. The main priority in any decision pertaining to the kids is their best interests, both now and well into the future.
In some cases, New Jersey parents are able to decide on the terms of their custody and visitation orders through discussions and negotiations. However, this is not possible in every situation, and it may sometimes be necessary to go to court over matters pertaining to the children. If you are getting ready to go to court for this reason, you will benefit from knowing how you can prepare for the process ahead.
Put your best foot forward
Going to court can be intimidating, and you know there is much at stake for you with futures of your children on the line. Instead of being afraid of what is ahead, it is helpful to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible. The following steps may help you prepare and put your best foot forward during a child custody hearing:
- Take the time to learn about the state’s child custody laws.
- If you are seeking sole custody, gather evidence to validate your better-parent claim.
- Gather the documents you will need, keep them organized and bring them with you.
- Learn the proper etiquette for a courtroom hearing, and dress appropriately.
- Know what to expect during this hearing.
These may seem like simple steps, but these are things you can do that will allow you to seek specific terms, fight for the interests of your kids, and pursue an outcome that will benefit the entire family.
Your parental rights
Not only are you fighting for the best interests of your kids, but you are also fighting for your parental rights as well. You will benefit from seeking experienced guidance regarding your custody and visitation options, as well as how to prepare if an out-of-court resolution is not possible. An assessment of your case can help you know what steps you can take to set yourself up for success.