Sometimes, parents in Kansas who go through a divorce fail to agree on parenting or custody arrangements. If parents can’t come to an agreement on child custody, the matter may go to court. The goal of courts in Kansas is to ensure that all decisions and custody arrangements serve the best interests of the children, regardless of what parents want. Here are a few ways parents can prepare for a child custody hearing and increase their chances of a successful resolution.
Become familiar with laws
It is always a good idea for parents to familiarize themselves with the relevant laws centered around parental responsibility and child custody. More often than not, parents will be sharing responsibilities, that is of course unless the courts say otherwise. Parents who have a good understanding of relevant laws are able to better communicate with attorneys about their hearing.
The proper courtroom etiquette can go a long way in a child custody hearing. It is helpful to talk with an attorney about what to expect in terms of courtroom etiquette. It is also a good idea to dress conservatively and appropriately. By wearing the proper attire, parents will show the court that they are responsible and professional.
The parent will need to submit the proper documentation to the courts prior to his or her hearing. Parents will usually need to submit personal records, as well as proof of any child support payments and the current custody schedule. Speak with an attorney to find out the exact type of documentation that will be needed for the proceedings.
Fortunately, family court hearings are usually less combative, but parents should be prepared to deal with every part of the child custody hearing process. Parents who have questions about child custody arrangements or the legalities surrounding child custody in Kansas could benefit by contacting a legal representative. A seasoned and knowledgeable family law attorney can answer difficult questions and help parents prepare for a child custody hearing.