Ending a marriage is rarely easy. However, when children are involved, a divorce in Kansas can be especially complicated. Many times, both parents want sole custody of the children. These types of scenarios may sometimes result in lengthy child custody battles. The following strategies could help parents win child custody and avoid a long and drawn-out hearing.
Be willing to cooperate
Demonstrating a willingness to cooperate and facilitate the other parent’s relationship with the children can be very important in a custody hearing. Understandably, there could be some negative emotions lingering between parents. Like it or not, the other party is also a parent to the children and a part of their lives. When a parent shows that he or she is willing to cooperate with the other party, it shows the court that the parent will do what is needed for the well-being of the children.
The better parent standard
Courts will often abide by the better-parent standard in a custody hearing. Heading into a child custody hearing, parents should understand what courts are looking for to determine who the better parent is in the court’s eyes. Parents need to do everything possible to show they’re not only competent, but loving. Be sure to arrive on time, dress properly and know the proper courtroom etiquette.
Remember, the sole purpose of the court is to do what’s best for the children. Don’t assume that the judge will show favoritism to one parent or see things from the parent’s point of view. Before a child custody hearing, it is advantageous for parents to become familiar with child custody laws in Kansas. By consulting with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, parents can obtain guidance and valuable legal counsel to help them through this experience.