Help Relieve Your Stress Prior to Your Texas Child Custody Hearing

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You are going through a divorce, and that is difficult enough, and those matters that relate to your children are some of the most difficult of all. If, however, you recognize that you and your divorcing spouse are not going to be able to hammer out child custody terms between yourselves and that you are heading to court, your stress level is very likely to be through the roof. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help you move forward toward your hearing with your stress in check. (Read more about frequently asked questions regarding child custody)

One: Dress the Part

This may seem silly or trivial, but dressing for court is important. First of all, this is your chance to make a first impression on the judge who is making decisions about your children on your behalf, and it’s not something you want to leave to chance and an old sweatshirt. The clothes you choose to wear should do all of the following:

  • Demonstrate your respect for the court
  • Reflect your competence and ability to cope with difficult situations
  • Help you feel comfortable and ready to move forward with the legal process

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Two: Understand the Parameters of Child Custody in Texas

Understanding the basics as they relate to child custody in Texas is going to help immensely, and the primary point to keep in mind is that the court bases every child-related decision on the best interests of the children in question. Further, the court presumes that both parents are fit to participate in child custody unless there is a compelling reason to believe otherwise. Often, however, one parent becomes the primary custodial parent with whom the children live the majority of the time, and the other parent receives a visitation schedule. (Learn more about what to do if your goal is primary custody)

Three: Know the Factors that Help Determine the Primary Custodial Parent

Better understanding the factors that the court will consider in making important decisions in your child custody case, including identifying the primary custodial parent, include:

  • Each parent’s relationship with the children
  • The amount of time each parent spends with the children
  • The mental and physical health of each parent (Divorce and Your Spouse’s Mental Health Concerns)
  • Each parent’s financial situation
  • Where each parent lives
  • The health, safety, and welfare of the children
  • Any history of child abuse involved

Four: Keep Your Cool

Child custody cases are exceptionally stressful, and no one expects you to be a robot in the courtroom, but it is important to keep your composure to the best of your ability. The judge is hoping to see parents who are willing to work together for the good of their children, and demonstrating your intention to do so is in your best interests.

Turn to an Experienced Attorney for the Help You Need

Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is a resourceful divorce attorney who is well prepared to skillfully fight for your financial and parental rights – in pursuit of favorable divorce terms. To learn more, please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.

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