Quick Tips for Getting Custody of a Child

Are you looking for “quick tips for getting custody of a child?” It’s an understandable impulse. If you’re a parent, though, you’ll understand that you might as well ask for “quick tips for being a good parent.” Being a good parent, like obtaining custody after a divorce, is far more complex than following a few clever hints. That said, if you’re serious about custody, there are four main things you ought to keep in mind.

  • Document your involvement. Make a list of all the things you do every day for or with your kids. This means anything from waking them up to preparing meals, driving them to school and sports, arranging medical and dental visits, emailing teachers, monitoring homework, handling medication, knowing who their friends are, keeping an eye on internet and TV time — everything should be written down. When getting custody of a child, you may be asked to demonstrate your involvement in your child’s day-to-day life.
  • Ensure your fitness. Sometimes a decision about custody will come down to the other parent’s unfitness as opposed to your fitness. If that’s the case, you’ll need to keep records of the behavior or circumstances in question. If there is addiction, write down instances in detail. Keep copies of police reports. If there is domestic violence, take photos of the aftermath — and do what’s needed to keep everyone safe.
  • Remain impartial. When it comes to getting custody of a child, no judge wants to see one parent turning the children against the other. Avoid doing this at ALL COSTS. Staying cordial and low-key with your ex is likely to work in your favor later. Your lawyer can advise you on this.
  • Don’t go it alone. If getting custody of a child seems like an uphill battle you might not win, having an experienced family lawyer on your side can make all the difference.

Jennifer Espronceda is passionate about helping families and has the experience needed to get you the result you want. Email her at Jennifer@Esproncedalaw.com, phone 210-504-1514, or use her contact form to make an appointment.

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