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How To Gain Child Custody

by Marie Caldwell

Divorce can be a very hard thing to go through for a couple. It is especially difficult when there are children involved. It can be hard for them to understand why it is happening. When it comes to child custody, you will want to make sure that you are doing what is best for the child so that they have an easier time adjusting to the divorce. As an adult getting divorced, you may have several reasons for wanting sole custody of your child; however, this may not be in the best interest of your child. A family lawyer will be able to help you understand the custody process and help you to know how to prepare for the custody hearings.

  1. Sole Custody. Choosing between sole custody or joint custody is a very important decision as it can affect the child in a profound way. Perhaps the child has been abused by one parent and you feel like they should not be granted custody. If this is the case, you will need to prove that you are the better parent. A family lawyer can help you to understand the Better Parent Standard and how it can be used to win sole custody. You will have to prove that you are the parent that is better suited to take care of the child's needs. A lawyer will help you to prepare the proper documentation and will help gather witnesses to attest to your character.

  2. Joint Custody. There may be times where joint custody is better for the child. If this is the case, you may have to prove that you are just as capable of taking care of the child as the other parent. A family lawyer will be able to help you in this as well. If you are trying to get joint custody after not having custody at all, this can be a little bit trickier but a lawyer will help you file the correct paperwork, gather character witnesses, and gather evidence of your ability and capacity to have joint custody of the child.

The most important thing to remember is that a court is always interested in the needs of the child. You will want to make sure that you show that by having custody, you are in the best interest of the child whether you are trying to get sole custody or joint custody. When you can show maturity, competence, and evidence that you are good for the child, you will have a better chance of gaining custody. Check out the site of a local law firm for more information.