Fighting for child custody is a nerve-wracking and stressful experience. This anxiety often stems from the fact that parents are unsure of what to expect once they step foot in the courtroom. Fortunately, a little preparation can alleviate this anxiety and help you reach the best possible outcome in your case. Here’s what to expect during a child custody hearing:
The child custody hearing will not take place in a massive courtroom like the ones seen on TV. These hearings are typically conducted in smaller-sized courtrooms that are more intimate and far less intimidating. Even though the courtroom is small, it is still a formal setting, so it’s important to dress in conservative clothing.
It’s possible that you will see a number of familiar faces when you walk into the courtroom. Nannies, teachers, and family friends often serve as witnesses in child custody hearings, so don’t be surprised to see them in court.
Focus on the Child’s Best Interests
The judge presiding over your case will need to learn more about both parents to come up with a custody agreement that is in the best interests of your child. The judge will obtain the information he needs to make this decision by asking both parents a number of questions. Some of the questions that you will most likely need to answer during this hearing include:
- What is your current financial situation?
- What are your living arrangements? Where will the child live if you are awarded custody?
- What is your work schedule?
- Who will care for the child while you are at work?
- How well do you communicate with the child’s other parent?
- What type of child custody arrangement would you prefer? Why do you think this arrangement is best?
The answers to these questions are used to determine whether or not you should be awarded custody of your child. It’s best to prepare your answers in advance so you don’t stumble over your words or say something regrettable in court. Ask your attorney to go over some of the commonly asked questions with you prior to the hearing so you can answer them confidently and comfortably.
Are you anticipating a child custody dispute? If so, Williams Law Group, LLC can help. Our experienced attorneys are committed to reaching custody agreements that preserve the special relationship between parents and their children. Call our office at (908) 810-1083, email us at email@example.com, or contact us through our confidential online form to schedule a consultation.