Unfortunately, many divorcing couples in Texas fail to come to an agreement on parenting arrangements. If parents are unable to agree on a suitable child custody agreement, the matter may proceed to court. Regardless of what one parent wants or the issues that parents have with each other, courts will always ensure that custody agreements are centered around the best interests of the child. Here’s how parents can prepare for one of these hearings.
One of the first things a parent can do is to become familiar with the law. Unless the court says otherwise, parents will usually share responsibilities. Having a good understanding of relevant laws will allow a parent to communicate with his or her attorney about the hearing. If one parent is pursuing sole custody, the better parent standard will play a role in the decision. Proving this may require submission of personal records or other similar documentation.
Although it is easy to overlook, courtroom etiquette can go a long way in a child custody hearing. Speak with an attorney about what to expect. An attorney may also help with role playing to prepare for any scenarios that could pop up. Also, always dress conservatively and appropriately. The proper attire will show that the parent is professional and responsible.
In a perfect world, parents would be able to agree on a suitable parenting plan and keep the matter out of court. However, for many parents, this simply isn’t feasible. Those in Texas who have questions about custody arrangements or the laws surrounding child custody may want to consider discussions with a legal representative. A knowledgeable family law attorney can help parents prepare for a child custody hearing and provide guidance throughout the process.