In your heart, you know you want custody of your children. But what you may not know is what you need to do to make that desire a reality. Child custody is a topic that may make your emotions run especially high. Negotiations and battles over your children may get overwhelming if you are not ready.
With the custody of your kids on the line, how do you stay sane and make the right choices? Here are some essential guidelines you should follow as you pursue as much custody as you can get.
1. Prove your involvement
The court will consider a lot of factors when it comes to deciding who gets custody-and how much they get. You will want to prepare documentation of how you provide and care for your children on a daily basis. Do you cover the medical bills? What about actually taking them to the doctor? Are you the one who makes them lunch for school? Be willing to showcase how much you do for your children and how their lives will be the most stable if you get custody.
2. Be willing to work with your spouse
You may want to be nasty towards the other parent, but this will only hurt your chances. Show the court that you have a willingness to collaborate with your ex. While you may not be best friends, you should demonstrate that you are willing to work together. You may end up in a co-parenting situation, so this will only make things easier in the long run.
3. Use social media wisely
Believe it or not, your social media profiles may have a huge impact on your custody proceedings. If you bad-mouth your ex online or post pictures of yourself partying, the court may decide you do not deserve as much custody. Be careful with what you say on the internet.