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What documents should I bring to my custody hearing?

Your child’s custody hearing will be one of the most crucial components of your divorce. In this case, bringing the right documents can make or break the decision. Judges will consider a number of different factors, including visitations schedules, medical records, and other documents. recommends bringing the following items, which can attest to the type of care you provide on a regular basis.

Written Submission

A written submission outlines the reasons you’re seeking custody. This is initially provided when a parent requests custody, although the opposing parent can submit documentation refuting any claims made in the submission. This will be the first contact a judge will have with your case and the subsequent documents will serve to back up these claims.

Personal Records

You want to paint a picture of your child’s life while in your care. Medical and academic reports are great in this respect, as they show that your child is healthy and succeeding at school. You can also bring statements from third parties who can speak to the quality of your relationship with your child. You lawyer will explain which personal documents will have the biggest impact in court.

Documentation of Phone Calls & Visits

Phone and visit logs can serve two purposes. If you’re the non-custodial parent these documents will show the quality of relationship your have with your child. They can also cast parents in a bad light if visits or calls are few and far between. When making a log, include the date of call or visit, how long it took, and how often they typically occur. The court is more likely to award custody to parents that already enjoy a rich and fulfilling relationship with their child.



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