Going through a divorce is tough for any couple, but when you add children into the mix, it can be downright exhausting and emotional. Parents always want what's best for their children and it goes without saying that this trait is often reflected in a child custody battle. Here are some tips that can help you prepare for a child custody battle in Illinois.
One of the most important things you can do in preparation for a child custody battle is keep detailed records. The records must also be consistent in nature. They cannot be all over the place or else the judge might have trouble understanding what it is you are trying to prove or what message you are trying to deliver during hearings.
In order to prove to the judge that you are the better parent, therefore the one the children should spend most of their time with, you will need to show everything you do for them. This includes attending school functions, taking the children to their doctor appointments, involve your children in church activities and other volunteer opportunities and much more.
At the same time you are trying to prove your worth, you will need to show why the other parent might not be able to handle all of the responsibilities of having custody of the children. This can be done by documenting how the other spouse has poor performance related to the parenting of the children. This can include any of the following items:
- Extensive work schedule that prevents him or her from attending events
- Failure to pay temporary support for the children
- Interference with child visitation schedules
- Any activities that could be dangerous or detrimental to the children
- Jail time, proof of drug use or convictions
- Comments children have made about neglect or abuse
- Police records detailing abuse, domestic violence or photos of bruises
An experienced child custody attorney will be able to answer all of your questions and guide you through the process of a child custody battle in Crystal Lake.
Source: Woman's Divorce, "Child Custody Battles - Getting Prepared," Tracy Achen, accessed June 20, 2017