If you share children with your former spouse, you may be entitled to obtain custody of them. However, this will only happen if a Texas judge believes that allowing you to care for your children is in their best interest. Take a look at what you can do to maximize your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome during a custody hearing.
Bring proof of your ability to parent
A judge will want to see that you are mentally, physically and financially able to take care of your kids. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to provide statements from your doctor confirming that you don’t have any mental or physical health issues that would prevent you from caring for your child. It might also be a good idea to bring pay stubs, tax returns or other evidence of your ability to earn a steady paycheck. Finally, it may be in your best interest to bring character witnesses such as your parents, teachers or others who regularly interact with you or your children.
Act appropriately in court
It is critical that you act, speak and otherwise conduct yourself responsibly while in court. Ideally, you will show up to the hearing several minutes early dressed in business attire. If you don’t own any formal attire, you should wear clothing that is free of any noticeable rips, stains or other imperfections. Making a good first impression on a judge may help you prove that you’re mature enough to be a child’s primary caregiver.
A decision will likely be rendered right away
After hearing from all parties in the matter, the judge overseeing your case will make a ruling. You will have an opportunity to ask the judge to reconsider any child custody ruling that you believe to be inappropriate or unfavorable.
If you are seeking custody of your children, it is a good idea to do so with the help of legal counsel. An attorney may be able to help you obtain physical or legal custody of your kids.