Perhaps you would rather never speak to your former spouse again. Maybe the two of you never got along, and you weren’t all that surprised that your relationship didn’t work out. Then again, you may have felt betrayed and disappointed that the marriage you expected to last a lifetime, didn’t. These issues are not uncommon in a Texas divorce. If you’re hoping for sole child custody, however, you need to convince the judge with evidence.
The mere fact that you don’t like to be in the same room with your ex isn’t likely going to influence the judge’s decision regarding whether you should have sole child custody of your children. You must be able to convince the court that this decision would be best for your kids.
Are there extenuating issues that prove your ex is a detriment to your kids?
Saying that you and your ex don’t communicate well or that you argue a lot isn’t necessarily relevant in a child custody case when the specific issue is whether you should have sole custody of your kids. If, however, you have evidence that your ex has a drug, alcohol or gambling problem, it will no doubt get the court’s attention.
If you believe that your ex is emotionally or physically abusive toward your children, any testimony, witnesses or evidence you have to substantiate such a claim may help you win the court’s favor. There are times when one spouse will try to deceive the court by lying about the other, so the court takes such claims seriously and will no doubt order a thorough investigation.
Dress for success in the courtroom
What you wear to your child custody hearing may either be an asset or an impediment to your case. If you show up dressed like you don’t have a care in the world, the judge might think that carries over to how you feel about custody. On the other hand, if you dress in neat, conservative-style clothing, you’re more likely to make a positive impression on the court.
What you say and do also matters when you’re trying to win a custody case
Saying that you think your kids would be better off with you on a full-time basis means that you can convince the court that you are a responsible parent who can provide for all of your children’s needs. If the judge witnesses you being argumentative, rude or disrespectful toward your ex in court, it could lessen your chances of winning your case.
Be prepared and don’t hesitate to reach out for support
If you have all relevant documents in order when you go to court and are prepared to state your request and provide evidence to support your claims, you have a greater chance of convincing the judge to rule in your favor.
Having a strong support network in place from the start means that you have people who can step in to assist you if complications arise regarding your child custody case.