A child custody hearing can be a scary event for a person who hasn’t ever had to deal with it. Taking steps to prepare for the hearing might help you overcome the stress that you feel about it.
There are several things that you can do to prepare. One of the most important things that you can do is to learn about the Texas child custody laws. This can give you an understanding about what the court is going to look for during the hearing. It also lets you know if there is anything that you and your lawyer need to address before the hearing date.
Another thing that you can do to prepare is to gather any documents or evidence that you can that will support your side of the case. This can be anything from notes that you’ve written about what your child says about visits to proof of child support payments that have exchanged hands.
Remember that even though a child custody hearing is thought of as less formal than many other courtroom proceedings, you still need to head into the room in proper attire and with knowledge about what you will be expected to do. This can help you to feel more prepared so that you are a bit more confident.
The court is going to do what is thought to be best for your children, so be sure to keep them at the heart of your arguments. This isn’t always easy, but remember that trying to use child custody to get back at your ex is likely going to backfire.
Source: The Spruce, “Prepare for a Child Custody Hearing,” Debrina Washington, accessed Jan. 05, 2018