If you are in the process of divorce, attempting to negotiate a child custody agreement that is fair for both you and your child can be incredibly stressful, even if you are on good terms with your former spouse.
Here’s some advice from the child custody attorney team at Mette, Evans, and Woodside to help you understand the process.
Top Tips for Navigating Child Custody Issues in Pennsylvania:
Speak to a Child Custody Lawyer
Consulting an experienced child custody lawyer to keep you and your child’s best interests in mind is always advisable. Even if you understand the law and believe you have built a strong case in your favor, it is wise to have an attorney with years of experience with the child custody process who can help you make informed decisions along the way.
Know the Child Custody Laws in Your State
Even under reasonable circumstances, a child custody case can become emotionally charged and time-consuming. To be prepared and minimize any negative impact on your children, you should understand the laws in your state, what the court system will consider when determining child custody, and learn the necessary terminology.
If you’re working with a child custody lawyer, make sure you have a list of questions ready to work through before each consultation or hearing.
Complete the Necessary Child Custody Forms
Be sure you fill out every form or required document in full. Failure to do so can cause child custody issues like delays – simply because you left out some vital information.
Make sure you’re aware of whether your state requires documents to be notarized or sent via certified mail.
Attend the Child Custody Agreement Hearing
This may sound obvious, considering you’re in court because child custody is critically important to you. But it’s surprising how many people miss their hearing dates or arrive late. Depending on your jurisdiction, you may be required to attend a conciliation conference, mediation, or a parenting seminar prior to your custody hearing.
Be Professional When Presenting Your Case
Speaking in court can be nerve-wracking, especially for something as serious as child custody, how you represent yourself matters. Show respect for the process and the judge. When asked questions, stick to the facts, and while it may be difficult, focus on your own strengths without pointing out the other parent’s faults. Your lawyer can help you practice presenting your case.
Get the Representation You Deserve
Securing a child custody order of court is an emotional journey – one that can impact your child’s future. Our child custody attorneys have worked with many families through hearings and agreements. This experience provides deep insight into parent’s hurdles and how best to resolve them.
The first step is contacting the team at Mette, Evans, and Woodside to get the guidance you need in matters of child custody and family law.