A child custody hearing may be part of the court process if you and your spouse are separating or getting a divorce. During this evaluation, you, your spouse, and your children will go through due process in order for the court to determine the best interests of your children. Although it’s natural to be nervous and anxious before a child custody evaluation, there are several things you should do and a few things you should avoid.
What You Should Do
As your child custody lawyer, we believe it is best that you:
Identify your strengths as a parent.
Focus on answering the questions you are asked instead of using them as an opportunity to defend yourself.
Remember to keep in mind what will be best for your children instead of your personal desires.
If you are asked to provide any paperwork or verification during the interview, like medication information for one of your children, you should follow up and submit this documentation promptly.
What You Shouldn’t Do
During the child custody evaluation process, it may be tempting to recount negative stories or experiences about your spouse. However, even if you are asked about your spouse’s weaknesses as a parent, it is best to remain levelheaded and not dwell on their past wrongdoings.
As your child custody lawyer, we also encourage you to avoid telling your children what they should say during the interview. And most importantly, you should not try to convince the evaluator to grant you the arrangement you want. Even though it may be difficult, keep in mind that your role in this process is to figure out what is best for your children, which may or may not be what is best for you.
Contact us at NorthPointe Law Group if you need a child custody lawyer for your case. We are available to assist you.