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Petitioning for sole child custody

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2021 | Child Custody

Parents who are divorcing likely had many things that weren’t working out for them and issues they couldn’t agree upon. When a marriage doesn’t work out and there are children involved, one parent may be aiming to get sole child custody. However, in Texas that parent must convince the judge with hard evidence. Just because parents can’t stand to be in the same room together is not likely to play a part in swaying a family court judge’s decision on custody issues. The parent seeking sole custody has to convince the court this decision would be in the best interests of the children. 

Providing proof 

Whether the soon-to-be former spouses get along or not can be totally irrelevant in a child custody case. But if the parent fighting for sole custody can provide evidence showing the other parent has an alcohol, drug or gambling problem, it will get the attention of a judge. Also, if there is evidence of abuse of any kind and there are witnesses to substantiate the claim, it may help a parent win sole custody. 

Lying, dressing and speaking 

There are certain ways to act in a courtroom, certain things to say and not to say, and what to wear and what not to wear. A more conservative and neat appearance is best in a courtroom, since it makes a more positive impression. One should never lie about the other parent since the court takes everything said seriously and will investigate claims. Also one should never act rudely, argumentatively or disrespectfully toward the other parent when in court since it could lessen the chance of a positive outcome. 

When heading to court to fight for sole child custody, Texas parents should have all documents in order, be prepared to state their request and provide evidence to support any claims. A parent who presents a good first impression, speaks eloquently, and provides substantiated evidence has a greater chance of convincing a judge to rule in his or her favor. It’s vital to have a strong support network from the get-go so people may be able to help if complications arise.  

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