When you decide to settle down and build a family; you are not likely thinking you will have to battle to keep your children down the road. Sadly, this is prevalent in our society. There are situations where one of the parents exhibits signs of being an unfit parent, but normally it is just two people who don’t see eye to eye anymore. The following are some useful tips to remember if you’re involved in a child custody case.
If you want to change a custody situation, be ready for a challenge. The court is almost always slow to award changes in custody unless you can demonstrate a really great reason to do otherwise. It’s just about always in a child’s best interest to keep the environment stable so if everything is trending equally a court is going to want to keep things the way that they are. Exceptions do exist though. If the child’s current home is unstable or the parent is negligent or irresponsible in some way, then a change of custody may be perfectly justified. It is on the shoulders of you and your lawyer to demonstrate this so get ready for one heck of a battle.
In child custody cases, mediation is a really good alternative to going to court. This is actually quite a trend and it is definitely something that is worth considering. If both parents agree to mediation studies prove that it can be useful in coming to an agreement most of the time. This is great for parents and children alike. It is usually thought to be faster and cheaper to do this than to drag everybody through a court case. It’s also lots easier on kids because it’s based on dialog and not on conflict. It is true that mediation does not have a 100% success rate but it should still be your first choice of actions.
Unless you understand exactly what you are signing, wait. You simply need to take it to a professional for their help. Even when your spouse or their attorney claims the paper means nothing; take it to your legal person immediately. If it’s something you end up signing, it won’t matter if it’s delayed an extra day or two. It could be that things are not how they are actually presented. Legal documents can be very tricky to anyone who isn’t a professional, and one of your lawyer’s main jobs is to read over such documents to make sure they are really in your best interest.
A child custody case is nothing to play around with; it will have a significant impact on everyone involved. Anytime you have a question, get advice from your lawyer before proceeding. We hope to have enlightened you a bit and to have given you a greater understanding of custody cases and how you can help yourself, along with what to look for and expect.