Getting custody of a child is not as simple as some are led to believe. It is not simply a matter of filing a petition in Family Court, showing up, telling the judge that you are a great parent and having the judge award you custody.
Custody is like any other case. You need to have good evidence. You have to present it persuasively. And since the ultimate determination of custody is the best interests of the child, you need to cover a lot of issues.
It is important if you are interested in getting custody of your child that you conduct yourself as an exemplary parent. That starts well before you ever get to the courtroom and certainly continues during that time period. You certainly do not want to be somebody who tests positive on a drug test. You certainly do not want to be somebody who is caught on an audio tape saying things about how you are going to keep the other parent from seeing the child.
Everything is under a microscope in a custody case. To do well, you have to convince the court that the child will flourish in your care.
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