Family court can be intimidating and frightening, especially when the
custody of your child is on the line. Parents should be as prepared as possible
before walking into all child custody proceedings. The following is an
overview of what to expect during family court proceedings and how to
prepare for the most favorable results.
As soon as you step foot into the courtroom to argue for child custody,
it is critical to be completely prepared. Not only does preparation mean
having your arguments ready, it also means bringing along the right individuals
and wearing the proper attire.
The following are several tips to prepare for your court hearing:
Prepare your arguments – If you retain legal representation, your attorney will help you
with this. Be prepared to answer questions such as “do you have
a suitable living arrangement for your child?” and “are you
able to financially support the needs of your child?”
Have the right people with you – Relatives, teachers, babysitters, doctors, and others who can
accurately and effectively support your claims of being a great parent.
Dress appropriately – Wear formal, conservative attire, hairstyle, and makeup. You want
to appear like a responsible adult.
Compared to criminal court, family court is typically less hostile. The
matter at hand is often presented in a much smaller, more intimate setting.
Furthermore, there are fewer people in the room.
Courtroom staff, such as judges, custody adjudicators, and mediators, hear
many cases throughout a course of a day. Hence, there is a high probability
that a child custody case will not last too long since there might be
a number of sessions being conducted. It is wise to work with your lawyer
to condense all of the required information in a short amount of time.
Parents, witnesses, and children (if the child is of age to make an informed
decision) are the parties that will speak. They will testify about their
experiences with the child and the parents, forming an opinion on which
parent is more suited to be primary parent to the child.
Once both parties have presented their arguments regarding custody arrangements,
a judge will make a decision based on the child’s best interests.
The decision will include which parent is considered the custodial parent
and the visitation schedule.
If you wish to file a child custody case in Framingham, MA,
schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team at
Barach Law Group LLC today!