Child custody negotiations don’t always end with an amicable agreement. Both spouses may seek sole custody, and the courts could only award that to one parent. A Pennsylvania judge may even frown on joint custody arrangements when one or both parents can’t provide a living arrangement in the child’s best interests. Those interested in achieving a desirable outcome during a child custody hearing may need to present a strong case in their favor.
Providing evidence to establish fitness
Child custody hearings could involve an examination of a petitioning parent’s fitness. Specific evidence might help the cause.
Gathering and presenting evidence of fitness could help a child custody petition. Showing documents that establish consistent financial support may show commitment. Records displaying contact with the child, in person or otherwise, could help, too.
Maintaining a positive relationship with a soon-to-be ex-spouse might come with challenges. When possible, it may be best to show a willingness to work with the parent. Proving “reasonableness” might work in a spouse’s favor.
Additional things to consider when seeking custody
An in-home custody evaluation may provide additional support for a custody petition. Sometimes, these evaluations could counter inaccurate information or perceptions. A parent may find him or herself rebutting lies, and without a rebuttal, a disappointing custody judgment may occur.
Parents may find themselves making avoidable mistakes that could harm child custody negotiations. Not showing up for visitations or repeatedly canceling them does not present a positive picture.
Ignoring court requests or engaging in troubling behavior, such as drug use, won’t help the cause. Improper or irresponsible behavior may undermine any claims of being a competent parent capable of caring for children.
A family law attorney could present compelling evidence during a child custody hearing. A parent may address concerns about hearings and negotiations with the attorney.