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Take time to prepare for a custody battle

If you have children and are going through a struggle to determine your custody arrangements, you may fear that you'll end up in court. A custody battle can be long and drawn out. It can be harmful to your children, and it can be stressful for you.

If a custody battle is really what has to happen, you have to take a firm defense of what you want for your children. You want to protect their best interests and your right to have them in your life. Even if you aren't the parent who is making this challenging, you need to make a firm decision on how to address this problem. If you go to trial, you need to be ready to fight for your children.

How do you prepare for a custody trial?

Your attorney will help prepare you by talking to you about what happens in a custody trial first. You'll be asked to prepare documentation and witnesses who can speak on your behalf. You need to provide as much evidence and support for your claims and requests as you can. The judge will consider what you say closely, so make sure to be concise and to provide supporting documents upon request.

Another important thing to do in court is to appear clean, professional and timely. You want to always arrive early or on time for your hearings, and you need to look professional. Doing this gives the judge a good first impression, which may help your case. Our site has more on what you can do to help your case.

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