When marriages come to an end it can be challenging to determine who will retain custody of the children. Many couples find that the matter must be settled in court. If you are in the midst of a custody battle with your soon-to-be ex, it's important that you understand how you can present evidence to the court supporting your position that you should be awarded custody.
Here are two ways that you can present information to the court on your behalf.
1. Photo Albums
It's not uncommon for a former spouse to try and convince a judge that their partner doesn't do anything constructive with the children during his or her time. The quality of the time spent with young ones is something that a court could take into consideration when awarding custody, so being able to prove that the time you spend with your kids is meaningful can be beneficial.
Photo albums documenting vacations, family movie nights, or other activities that you participated in with your children will give a judge visual proof that you are taking your role as a parent seriously. Be sure to ask your lawyer if photo albums can be used as evidence in your custody case.
2. Key Witness Testimony
Custody battles often feature a lot of he-said, she-said arguments, so having the ability to provide outside confirmation of your argument that you would be a better custodial parent can be beneficial when trying to win a custody case in court.
Not everyone makes a good witness, so you must focus your efforts on identifying key witnesses that will have credibility with the court. If your ex is struggling to get your kids to school on time, ask the school secretary or a teacher to testify. If a caseworker was assigned to evaluate your parenting situation, have the caseworker report his or her findings in court.
These key witnesses can provide impartial evidence that the judge will likely take into consideration when determining whether or not you should be awarded custody of your children in the future. Be sure to visit with your divorce attorney to determine which individuals in your children's lives might be able to provide evidence in court as key witnesses.
Being able to provide proof that you are a good parent can mean the difference between a win and a loss when it comes to custody battles. Ask your attorney how photo albums and key witnesses can be used as evidence on your behalf in the future.