When divorcing Texas parents decide to file for custody of their children, they may know little about what to expect from the legal system. The thought of going to court can be confusing and even intimidating to many parents. However, by being well-prepared, parents can present their case effectively to the courts and achieve the outcomes they seek. Preparation can be one of the most important factors in the decision made by a judge, and it can include everything from appearance to paperwork to witnesses.
It is best to wear business-style, conservative clothing when heading into a courtroom. While aesthetic choices have no meaningful reflection on a parent's ability to love and care for the children, choosing appropriate clothes can show that the parent respects the court process and cares about the impression he or she makes on the judge. Of course, it is also important to be well-armed with the right arguments. A family law attorney can work with a parent seeking custody to prepare a clear plan that highlights the emotional bond between parent and child as well as the parent's ability to provide for the child.
For example, parents will want to show that they have effective, suitable plans in place for day care or after-school care. They will also want to show that they have an appropriate sleeping place for the children. Teachers and babysitters can speak about the loving, responsible relationship that they have witnessed.
By preparing to speak about their plans and desires for physical custody, parents can put their best foot forward in a custody hearing. A family law attorney can work with a parent to develop key arguments and make a clear case for why it is in the best interests of the child.