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What to expect during child custody proceedings

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2021 | Family Law |

Many Florida parents are currently preparing for divorce. Children’s well-being is a top priority in such cases, and the court makes its decisions based on the merits of an individual case and state guidelines. It is helpful for a concerned parent who has requested custody of his or her children to know ahead of time what to expect regarding the basic ways in which child custody proceedings work.

What a parent wears to court may influence the judge’s decisions

An important issue to understand when preparing for child custody litigation is that clothing matters inside a courtroom. If a parent shows up dressed as though he or she is not taking proceedings seriously, the court may be less likely to rule in his or her favor. Family courts often post dress code guidelines on their websites, so it is a good idea to review such information before proceedings begin.

Think ahead and have possible answers ready for the judge

If a judge asks a parent what his or her plans are regarding after-school care for children while the parent is at work, a well-thought-out plan should be prepared to present to the court. In fact, a parent should be prepared to answer many questions regarding how he or she plans to provide for the needs of the children in question. If a parent has requested sole custody based on the other parent being unfit, he or she should also be prepared to show evidence that substantiates the claim.

The court may call witnesses to the stand

In many child custody cases, the court hears testimony from witnesses, especially if someone has witnessed abuse or other behavior that proves a parent is unfit. A parent should anticipate this type of testimony if he or she has made accusations against the other parent. Being in a Florida courtroom during child custody proceedings can be stressful, which is why many parents ask experienced family law attorneys to speak and act on their behalf in court.