Custody Battle: How to Get Your War Chest Together
When you’re going through a divorce, you might feel as though you’re constantly fighting battles on personal, emotional, and legal fronts. This can be especially overwhelming when there are children in the mix. Remember that in divorce, you’re fighting a war on behalf of yourself and your children.
Basic TrainingBefore you assemble the troops for a legal confrontation, you ought to know the basics of Florida custody law. Judges in the state always use a specific standard to make child custody rulings: they must weigh each decision to ensure they reflect the best interests of the child. That means they will look at several aspects of your life, including your career, your relationships, and even your moral behaviors, to decide what is best for each of your children.
Because the child*s best interest often involves frequent contact with both parents, judges rarely award sole custody to one parent. Instead, they may grant different degrees of legal custody (or decision-making rights) and physical custody (or the right to physically live with the child) to each parent. The court will have to approve a parenting plan outlining how these rights and responsibilities should be divided between the two of you.
The Sword: Strategies for a Strong OffenseLike a well-forged sword, your offensive legal strategy should be honed to a fine edge. Here are three things to keep in mind when you*re on the attack.
1. Document, document, document. Your very best weapon in any legal battle is documentation. You can make all the claims you want against your ex-spouse, but without evidence to back it up, your allegations might not hold water in court. Prepare for court by collecting documents like bank statements, medical records, psychological assessments, employment details, photographs, report cards*in other words, whatever the situation calls for. The FAB Law Firm can give you a better idea of what to collect for your situation.
2. Put your child first. Because the court aims to protect your child*s best interests, you will need to prove your indispensable role in the child*s life. Judges will be looking for signs that you always put your children*s needs before your own. Are you involved in your child*s school and extracurricular activities? Does your spouse travel a lot for work? Do you provide a steady routine for your child, along with consistent discipline? Answers to questions like these can give you an edge in the custody battle, so make sure you can back them up with proof.
3. In extreme situations, get aggressive. If you or your child has suffered abuse at the hands of your ex-spouse, you will need to act decisively. Cases of abuse, as well as cases of substance abuse, abandonment, and neglect, will weigh heavily into court*s decision. Arm yourself with police records, medical bills, pictures of injuries, or anything else that might serve as evidence. Ask your lawyer about getting a restraining order on the other parent (if needed), and see if there are any local resources that can help you leave a toxic situation.
Rally the Troops and the General!Now that your war chest is fully equipped, make sure you have a reliable support system to help you through the child custody process. The stakes are high, after all: you could lose out on time spent with your child, lose rights to make decisions in the child*s life, or end up paying more child support to the other parent*and, in the worst case scenario, you could lose custody entirely.
To ensure the tides of war turn in your favor, get help from a veteran attorney with years of knowledge in the realm of family law. Attorney Felicia A. Bunbury is an aggressive trial attorney and an effective negotiator who has dedicated her life to helping her clients through the most difficult times in their lives.
You deserve Fierce Advocacy*Because you*re worth it! Contact The FAB Law Firm, LLC at 1(888)-262-1618 to speak with a dedicated, strategically-minded divorce lawyer who will fight tirelessly on your behalf.