How to Prepare for a Temporary Hearing
If you’re involved in a child custody temporary hearing, then you already understand that stress takes a huge toll. Preparation is the key to not only reducing this stress but determining a successful outcome. Getting organized can save you time, money and effort. A Judge wants to hear both sides fairly, but he or she will also be examining the amount of work each side has put into its case. Obviously, it’s easier to side with someone who cares enough to present factual information readily and confidently. The following tips will help you prepare for your child custody temporary hearing.
When it comes to getting custody, money might be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, it’s one of the key pieces of information a Judge studies to determine proper placement. After all, if you can’t prove your ability to financially support your children, then a Judge will be less inclined to grant you custody. In order to show that you’re a responsible, financially stable guardian, you should keep track and present the following information:
Wage information, including a year’s worth of W2s, 1099s and current tax information.
A statement of assets, liabilities, income and expenses, categorized by type.
Insurance coverage on both yourself and the child(ren).
This financial information should be clear, concise and organized in a logical way.
Other relevant documentation should also be organized in an easy-to-read notebook, preferably with tabs to ensure that the Judge can locate information quickly. The notebook should contain the following:
Your home address where the child(ren) will be staying
The type of dwelling and its features
The names of any caretakers who will assist you
Medical Care & School Information
Names & locations of the child(ren)’s doctors
Proof of doctor’s visits
Names & locations of school(s) and teacher(s)
Report cards, school status reports and other educational information
Other miscellaneous items include letters of reference for you and any caretakers you may hire to assist you. While these may be objected to as hearsay they can be used to show your diligence in preparing for the hearing. A Judge wants to see that you’re a responsible adult who can handle raising children. If you think a document might be important but aren’t sure, then include it anyway. It’s better to have too much information than not enough.
Preparing for a child custody temporary hearing might seem daunting, but just remember: this is your chance to set the record straight. A Judge will not fault you for presenting too much information, but he or she might judge against you if you can’t show proper recourse. Having all of this information categorized into a well-organized notebook will help to prove your competence, and it might be the difference between and good and bad outcome.
Bobby Dale Barina is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney serving the communities of: Killeen, Harker Heights, Fort Hood, Belton, Georgetown, Round Rock, Salado, Nolanville, Copperas Cove, Lampasas, Temple, Gatesville and Central Texas.
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