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How to Prepare for a Child Custody Hearing

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Preparing for a child custody hearing is not an easy task. You will need a good lawyer you who view to be fit and up to the task. But you can only talk to the lawyer about you case if you have a budget. It would be best to hire a lawyer to represent you and your case. Be open with the lawyer and tell them what you want to see happen in your case. They will ask you questions and you must be honest.

You will need some character witnesses. These are people who know you will and have known you for awhile. They have witnessed you with your children at normal times. You will have to tell them when the hearing is and help them prepare what they feel is important for the judge to hear. Do not dictate what they say to the judge.

You will need some important documents with you. You lawyer will tell you exactly what documents you need. It varies from state to state.

In court, everyone will have the chance to speak and ask each other questions. You need to prepare yourself for what you want to say and how you should respond. Court is stressful enough let alone going for the sake of your child. You should try to remain calm. Planning ahead will be your key to your success

If you tell the judge what is it you want and why you should have it, and make all your points clear and summarized. You will be understood by the judge more clearly.

Be sure to be on time for the trial and be prepared for court to last awhile because your case my not be the first one called, you may end up being there for quit some time. Dress nicely; dress as if you were going to church or a job interview. Make sure you know where the courtroom is. Be sure to check in at the clerk’s desk. Make sure all your paperwork is in order and neat.

When you enter the courtroom go to where you’re lawyer is and face the judge. Face the judge when he asks you to stand. When the judge asks you to speak address him as “your honor”

When the trial starts, the judge will ask you to speak and it is very vital to your case that you do not argue or be rude with the judge. If he asks you questions that you don’t understand don’t be afraid to say so. Speak clearly and use words you understand. Stay calm no matter what happens during the case and be sure to make you point heard.
Do not talk about the case to anyone outside and remain professional. Most of all be sure to make it clear that you love your children and say why you want to have them in your life.

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