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What happens in a child custody battle

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2017 | Child Custody |

During a divorce, Berks County parents might try to reach a compromise about child custody. However, if one parent insists on fighting for sole physical custody, there may be a battle in court. There are still things parents can do that may help them win.

The parent should dress appropriately for the court hearing and should observe all rules and etiquette. As superficial as this sounds, this may make a good impression on the judge. Parents who show a willingness to compromise with the other parent instead of being combative might also increase the likelihood that they will win the case. Finally, parents can present documentation to support their claim that they are the better choice for custody.

Unfortunately, when the judge makes a decision that is in the best interests of the child, it might be one that the parent disagrees with. However, because a court generally believes that a child is better off spending time with both parents, the parent might still get a good amount of visitation time. A parenting agreement is a document that parents can work on together that will outline their expectations around co-parenting.

There are several other elements that a judge might also weigh when considering the best interests of the child, and parents who can reinforce their ability to provide those elements may also stand a better chance of winning primary physical custody. For example, the judge might consider who the main caregiver is and how stable each home would be for the child. Parents might demonstrate that they have attended the majority of teacher’s meetings for the child and taken the child to most doctor’s appointments. Other considerations might be the child’s relationship with others in the home and even, in some cases, the child’s own preferences depending on their age.