Consider Hiring an Attorney
The process of fighting for custody of your child or children can be emotional and the legal process can be scary. An attorney can help you formulate the best possible plan. You will be able to tell the attorney what you want as an ideal custody arrangement, and the attorney can give you the best legal course to getting it.
Think About What You Want
It is important to come up with a plan for what you want to ask for. Do you want every other weekend? Do you want extra time for a certain holiday? Do you want more time due to your new work schedule? Not only will this be necessary should you try to negotiate and come to an agreement with the other side, but it will also be readily available should the court ask for the information. If you have a clear idea of what you want, you are more likely to find a way to get it.
It may seem easier said than done, but remaining calm during a custody case is the best thing you can do. Too often parties let their emotions get the better of them by acting out, yelling or saying something inappropriate at the wrong time. This is certainly not a full reflection of who you are, but this can sometimes be all the court sees. If you remain calm, focus on yours and your children's needs (as opposed to attacking the other side) you will maintain a more positive image. Ultimately, becoming more likely to get what you want.