As Leadville child custody lawyers, we know that if you are not able to resolve a child custody dispute between the two of you, the matter will have to go to court. In a court, the judge will make a decision based entirely on the child’s best interests. In other words, you will be awarded child custody only if you prove to the court that granting custody to you is in the best interests of the child. That means that the court must believe that you will be the better parent to the child.
This isn’t a competition, but it is important to understand that you have to put your best foot forward. You have to present your best case to the judge, placing yourself forward as a fit parent, and highlighting your parenting abilities.
Prove that you are the better parent by highlighting how you have provided a physically safe environment for the child, and have encouraged good habits. For instance, if you have encouraged your child to have a good physical routine, with regular sleeping habits, healthy diet, and extracurricular activities in school, the judge is likely to look favorably on your parenting abilities.
Similarly, if you display a certain level of emotional maturity, the judge is likely to take that into consideration as well. For instance, the judge could consider a parent who encourages the child to have a healthy relationship and frequent interaction with the other parent, as being an emotionally mature individual who will be a good parent.
Avoid trashing the other parent- it is counterproductive, and judges don’t look favorably on parents who tear the other parent down.
To discuss how you can build a solid child custody case, speak to a family lawyer. A lawyer will be able to discuss how you can protect your rights. Call a family lawyer and discuss your case.