If you ask any Montana parent who’s facing a divorce, they’ll probably tell you that the most important thing on their mind is the well-being of their kids. Divorce can be incredibly difficult, especially when you’re concerned about your kids’ well-being.
You may not be able to reach your own agreement with your estranged spouse, which could cause a tremendous amount of worry. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can present a case to the court that works in your favor. Following are a few tips for preparing for a child custody hearing.
Determine which documents you should bring to court
Consult with your child custody attorney to find out which documents you need to bring with you to court. Depending on your case, you may be required to submit documents like:
- Pictures of you and your children
- Proof of child support payments
- Documentation of school records and grade reports
- Evidence that shows how often you see your children
Become familiar with how the court process works
If you’ve never attended a hearing before, the process can seem intimidating. Don’t hesitate to ask your attorney about what you can expect beforehand so you’ll feel more prepared. You can also visit the courtroom ahead of time to familiarize yourself with where to park and what the actual courtroom looks like.
Keep a tight reign on your emotions
It’s not unusual to experience an array of emotions if you’re going through a child custody hearing. However, it’s extremely important to maintain your composure throughout the process. Try to remain calm and focused. Otherwise, outbursts of anger, frustration or hurt could actually harm your case.
A child custody hearing can feel intimidating and overwhelming. Do your best to prepare before the hearing to make sure you present yourself in the best possible light.