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Know what to expect when seeking child custody

When parents divorce, both parents sometimes want primary custody of the children. This can ignite lengthy and even vicious child custody battles. Parents may be thinking they're doing it for the well-being of their kids, but really, nobody wins in a lengthy custody hearing. One of the best ways to prevent this is to be prepared. The following advice may be useful for California parents who suddenly find themselves in this type of situation.

If a parent is seeking sole custody, the better-parent standard may come into play. Basically, this means convincing the judge that one parent is better than the other, which can be extremely difficult to prove. It is advisable to do research and find out exactly what courts are looking for if sole custody is desired.

Before appearing in a court room, parents should always educate themselves and know what to expect so they can anticipate every step of this process. Although not often talked about, proper court room etiquette can go a long way in a custody hearing. It is recommended to discuss proper etiquette with an attorney and also what actions should be avoided in the courtroom.

Attire often gets overlooked, but first impressions are everything, so be sure to dress appropriately and conservatively. The most important piece of advice for parents is to always keep children at the forefront. Before making a decision, consider how it will affect the children and their well-being. Child custody laws vary from state to state and can definitely be confusing. Parents in California who have questions about child custody can gain clarity and much-needed guidance by consulting a knowledgeable attorney.

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