HomeChild Supportwhat do i need to know b4 going into a child custody hearing?
Posted in Child Support on 3rd April 2014

what do i need to know b4 going into a child custody hearing?
any help will be greatly appresciated.
its last minute

its on monday help!!!!

Best answer(s):

Answer by Rebekah K
If it is an initial determination, they will compare the home environments of both patents and try to make the best call they can for the kids. With young kids, most judges have a bias in favor of mothers. With older kids, the kid’s wishes are often taken into account.

If it is a change of custody, the side asking for the change will have to prove a change in circumstances. If it is an emergency hearing they will have to prove that the child is in imminent danger.

A list of some things courts will consider dangerous to a child that you might not have thought of:
Living with your boyfriend or girlfriend, or having them sleep over when the kids are home.
Any amount of drug use in the home no matter how minor.
A home that is always a mess.
More kids than bedrooms for them, especially if boys and girls are in the same room.

Answer by wazzupp3
1)prove you can support the kid/kids without the other parents help. You’ll look very weak if you mention the words “child support” “alimony” or “help”
2)Show the judge respect, but don’t suck-up.
3)Leave the children at home. Judges consider children at custody cases very inappropriate.
4)Being nervous is OK, but “balling” in front of the court shows lack of self-control over emotions
5)Do not talk to the judge/court unless spoken to
6)Show no signs of weakness by arguing with the other parent in the courtroom
7)Go to the bathroom before the proceedings 🙂
Good Luck!!

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