Tips on Increasing Your Odds of Winning a Child Custody Case

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Winning a court case is more often than not a matter of how well you present your case before a judge. For that reason, it is important that you be aware of tips on how to present your case well so that you can achieve a favourable outcome.

If you are involved in a legal tussle with the other parent over custody of a child, here are some things you should demonstrate to boost your odds of winning the case.

Prove that you are the primary caregiver.

In most cases, one parent plays the most active role as regards providing basic care for a child: this parent is referred to as the primary caregiver. Are you the one who takes your child to the hospital when they are feeling sick? Do you know their close friends by name? Do you frequently spare time to attend your child's school events to know how they're fairing academically? If the answer to these questions is yes, then it is a good indication to the court that you are the child's primary caretaker.

There's no better way to increase your odds of winning a child custody case than to prove to a judge that you are most responsible for the daily upbringing of your child.

Acknowledge the importance of the other parent.

Ideally, all children need to be raised by both parents: both fathers and mothers have an important role to play in the lives of children. Even if you and the other parent can no longer share the same roof, it is important to recognise that your child needs parental attention from the both of you. Therefore, it is never a good show to constantly disparage the other parent in a court of law because it insinuates that you might do the same thing in front of your child, causing the child to lose their respect for that particular parent.

Instead, focus on showing the court that even if you no longer see eye-to-eye with the other parent on many other things, you still acknowledge that they have an important role to play in the child's life. Be willing to allow the other parent visitation rights, for instance. This way, you stand better chances of achieving a favourable outcome.

Child custody laws are generally gender neutral. This means the court will consider what is in the best interest of a child before making a final decision. But if you can demonstrate the above-discussed things in front of a judge, you can increase your odds of obtaining a positive outcome. Talk to a lawyer for more information.


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