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How to Prepare for a Child Custody Hearing

Posted on in Family Law

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-26.jpgIt can be a difficult and emotional experience to go to court for a child custody hearing. If you will be going to court in the near future for a child custody hearing, there are several ways you can prepare yourself to increase your chances of winning custody of your child.

Understand Child Custody Laws

Child custody laws can be complicated. Therefore, you should do some reading and work with your lawyer to become familiar with the laws in Illinois. If you come across any confusion or questions, be sure to find clarity prior to your hearing.

Practice Testimony

During a hearing, it can be tough to remember important details. Therefore, you should practice your testimony in advance. It’s a good idea to compile a list that shows the relevant factors that affect the care and safety of your child.

Put Together Evidence

Evidence that supports your testimony regarding the relationship you have with your child is essential. By putting together evidence that brings your relationship with your child to life for the judge, you can raise your chances of winning custody. Some examples of good items that serve as useful evidence in a child custody hearing include:

  • Photos of you and your child spending time together
  • Memorabilia from events that you have attended with your child
  • Activity calendars
  • Chore charts
  • Report cards and other communications from your child’s school

Dress to Impress

In order to make a positive first impression on the judge, you should dress to impress. Avoid coming to the hearing in jeans and a t-shirt and dress in a suit or another formal outfit that makes you look professional and presents yourself in a good light.

Learn How to Behave Appropriately in the Courtroom

If you wish to win custody of your child, you must understand how to behave appropriately in the courtroom. Ask your lawyer to discuss proper courtroom etiquette so that you know what to expect and what to avoid. It is a good idea to role play with your lawyer in advance so that you feel confident when you are actually in the courtroom.

Contact Our Will County Divorce Lawyers Today

It can be nerve-racking to go into a child custody unprepared. For this reason, if you would like to win custody of your child, you should contact our highly skilled Will County divorce lawyers today at 630-932-9100. With our assistance, you can ensure you are properly supporting your efforts in winning custody of your child.





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