Tips for winning your custody case

By Goodwin Como, P.C.

A child’s safety and wellbeing is crucial, which is why child custody cases are so vital. If you face such a case, the way in which you present yourself and your relationship with your child is vital.

Pennsylvania child custody laws are quite detailed. Making sure that you understand the laws the courts must abide by can be helpful. There are also a few other things that you can do to increase your chances of winning your case.

Parent fitness

You want to be sure that you are at your optimal health, mentally and physically, when filing for custody. The courts may exercise their right to investigate you, which can call for psychological evaluations, random drug testing, and additional examinations.

It is important that you are careful with your social media as well. Any questionable posts, messages or emails may call into question your character. Keep your accounts clean to avoid providing your ex-partner with any advantage.

Be there

Along with proving that you can care for your child’s basic physical needs, it is also beneficial to show that you support her mental and emotional health as well. This includes being a stable fixture in her life on multiple levels. Attending extracurricular activities when you can, setting and being actively involved in parent-teacher conferences and serving as a chaperone during activities to get to know your child’s friends, are a few examples of ways to express your true interest in your child’s wellbeing.

Bridge the gap

Pennsylvania family court judges appreciate the efforts of a parent actively trying to co-parent with the other party. Unless exposure to your ex-partner would cause the child harm, the child having a relationship with both parents is favorable in the eyes of the court. Therefore, along with your relationship, do what you can to facilitate your child maintaining a positive relationship with the other parent.

Though this process can be trying and stressful, by making sure you present yourself as a suitable parent able to provide the best possible environment for your child, you may increase your chances of receiving custody.