My father has neglected them for years lies that his coming to see them never shows
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
In the Affidavit attached to your motion for custody you state all the reasons and facts which prove the father is an unfit father, and all the reasons and facts why it is in the child's best interest that you have custody. Also attach any documents necessary to prove any of the facts you state, along with the proper foundation for the documents if you would like the court to admit it as evidence. If you would like further advice please feel free to call for a consultation with me at (410) 381-1656. David Mahood, Esq.
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Family Law Attorney
There is no set list of things that you must prove to show that the children should be in your custody rather than the father's. The court will decide custody based on "what is in the best interests of the children." This is a very open-ended standard, and it can mean different things in different cases. The best advice that I can give you is to gather any documents that bear on your and his fitness as a parent, gather any witnesses who have information relevant to your and his fitness as a parent, and take all those things to court with you. Be prepared to elicit testimony from each of your witnesses that show your good qualities and his poor qualities and that allow you to introduce your important documents. Better yet, get an attorney with experience in preparing cases such as these. Only with such an attorney is your case likely to be clear and persuasive. Best of luck.