When couples wed, they often have dreams of growing old together and living happily ever after. These days, however, those dreams don’t always come to fruition. Statistically, depending on who you listen to, nearly half of all spouses in Michigan end up divorced. When parents separate, both parents may want primary custody of the children, causing lengthy and contentious child custody battles. Here’s how parents can prepare for this type of family law proceeding.
As with anything in life, it is important to be as prepared as possible before going into a child custody hearing. It is always helpful to have arguments lined up and possible answers ready. For example, if a parent has a full-time job, the judge may ask where the child will go after school. By anticipating these types of questions, parents will be able to provide well-thought-out and appropriate answers, thus increasing the odds of a successful hearing.
Parents who are participating in a child custody hearing should never overlook attire. By dressing in the appropriate courtroom attire, parents will send the message that he or she is a responsible adult. Typically, courtrooms used for child custody hearings are smaller and more intimate than many courtrooms portrayed on television, and this may make attire even more noticeable and important. Aim for formal and conservative attire and hairstyles.
Most importantly, parents should always remember to keep children at the forefront. Always consider how each decision will affect the children and their well-being. Also keep in mind that child custody laws vary depending on the state. Those in Michigan who are wanting to pursue custody or have questions about child custody could benefit by contacting an attorney experienced in family law.