In some cases, parents going through a separation or a divorce can negotiate child custody agreements without court involvement. However, the fact is that there are situations where such amicable arrangements will not be possible. Whether you are divorcing your spouse on hostile terms or your ex-partner wants to leave the state and take your child with them, it is frequently important to go to the courts for resolution in these situations.
Five Things to Do to Get Ready for a Child Custody Battle
If it looks like you are going to have to go to battle with your partner over the custody of your child, you need to prepare for war. Here are five ways to get ready for your custody dispute before heading into court for the first time.
- Hire a family lawyer: First and foremost, you need to find a lawyer with experience in matters of family law and child custody. At Collective Family Law Group, we are a firm serving the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas with an exclusive focus on family law. We have been in business since 2006 and have helped many parents with custody disputes at that time. You can trust us to represent the best interests of you and your child.
- Be honest: When you hire a family law firm to represent you in Southport or Helensvale, you need to be honest. If you hire Collective Family Law Group, you will get a free initial consultation to explain your circumstances. Take this opportunity to tell us about your lifestyle, your personal history, and your parenting history. We want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly, because the more transparent you are upfront, the better prepared we can be to argue your case in court.
- Be the best parent you can: Your family lawyer will defend your best interests in court, but the court will ultimately make a custody decision based on what they believe is in the best interests of the child. As such, being the best and most responsible parent you can is important. If you and your partner are separated but your kids are living with you, you generally will have a better chance of winning custody, so long as you can prove that you are providing a safe and loving living situation.
- Ask witnesses to speak on your behalf: Custody battles will often revolve around character witnesses who can speak to your parenting abilities. Find friends, family members or other people who know you and your child well, from teachers to pediatricians. Your witnesses can help explain to the court why you should be given custody of your son or daughter.
- If you have questions, ask: If you are ever confused or unsure about how the custody dispute process, ask your family lawyer. This process can be emotionally draining, so making sure you know what the path forward looks like can help you to stay calm, focused and hopeful.
Schedule Your Appointment with Collective Family Law Group in Southport
If you think a child custody dispute is in your future, call Collective Family Law Group today to schedule your free consultation. Based in Gold Coast and Brisbane, our family law firm also serves Ashmore, Helensvale, Southport, and all nearby areas. We look forward to seeing what we can do to help you.
To get in touch Collective Family Law Group and schedule an appointment, call us on 07 55 740 971.