If you’re divorcing and you and your spouse have children, then child custody will be at the top of your list of priorities. If you and your spouse are unable to reach a suitable agreement between you, then it will be up to the court to settle custody matters based on the best interests of the child.
One way that you can strengthen your case is to bring relevant documentation to the courts. What type of documents should you concern yourself with?
Phone and visitation logs
It’s important that you make a written log of all contact you have with your child. It shouldn’t be too difficult to obtain your phone records, which can show the court how often you stay in touch with your child this way. If you have been keeping to a visitation schedule, then it is also valuable to keep a written record of this and provide it to the court.
While your child is young, one of the main priorities of the court will be to ensure that they have access to the best possible education. It may help your case if you can prove that you’ve been facilitating this as a parent. Does your child have glowing school reports from the time that they were in your care?
Perhaps a teacher is willing to testify on your behalf and tell the courts how hands-on you are as a parent. If you can prove a continuous and meaningful relationship with your child that has strengthened their learning and provided stability at home, your custody case should run much more smoothly.
It can help children cope with divorce if both of their parents are able to remain amicable. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. If you need some help asserting your parental rights, make sure you approach someone with relevant experience in the area of family law.