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Are you preparing for a child custody hearing?

On Behalf of | Aug 25, 2023 | Uncategorized

In a divorce, one of the most complex issues you will face pertains to what will happen to your children. Like most California parents, you want what is best for your kids, and in your opinion, that may mean seeking a specific custody and visitation order. However, it is not always easy to get the exact outcome you want, and you may not be able to reach a resolution without going to court. If you are facing a child custody hearing, you will benefit from learning about what to expect.

A child custody hearing can be daunting. You know there is a lot at stake for you and your children, which is why you will want to take the time to prepare well. This preparation will prove essential, especially if you are pursuing a specific outcome or facing a particularly contentious hearing.  Your efforts now can make a significant difference in the future.

The important documents you will need

Before you even step foot in the courtroom, you will have to file certain documents with the court. These documents will explain to the court your position, and you can outline your desired outcome. After submitting these documents, you will then receive notification regarding the hearing date. In the meantime, you can begin to gather the documents you will need in order to validate your claims to the court, which can include:

  • Phone call logs, specifically those that detail the conversations between you and your child
  • Visitation schedules and any documentation that verifies how often you see your child and the extent to which you are involved in his or her life
  • Records for your child, including report cards, medical records and anything else that can prove your child’s health and well-being while in your care

In particularly contentious and complex custody cases, a judge may determine that a custody evaluation is necessary. This is an evaluation conducted by a professional who may visit each home, speak with the kids and take steps to gain a realistic perspective on the child’s daily life. This insight may help a judge make a final decision.

The best interests of the child

The standard for any ruling made in a child custody case is making a decision that will truly be in the best interests of the child. As you prepare to navigate the legal process and fight for an outcome that you believe will be best for your kids, you may find it beneficial to first seek knowledge and guidance from a family law professional.

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