Guest blog post by Dan Buckley, family law attorney in Brisbane
If you are a father who is looking to get custody of your children, you should understand that it is not going to be an easy battle. The entire matter gets more complicated when the mother is also filing to get the custody of children.
According to Child Support Lawyers, as a father you can keep the following tips in mind as you work to gain custody of your children:
- PAY REGULARLY FOR CHILD SUPPORT
If you want to attain the custody of your child or children, you must not only be regular in your payments but also maintain a record of every transaction that goes into supporting your child. Even with an informal agreement between you and the mother or no arrangement at all, keeping a track record of the amount that has been paid so far is going to help you a long way.
- MAINTAIN A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH KIDS
When you are waiting to get custody of your child, you should be in constant touch with your child by checking up on his or her day. You should be aware of your child’s mental growth and academic progress. Your child should also understand that you are available for any assistance which may be required.
- BE ACCURATE WITH YOUR VISITING RECORDS
You need to keep an immaculate record of your visitation routine with your child. This is a record that holds up well in court.
- BE PRESENT IN IMPORTANT SCHOOL AND SOCIAL EVENTS
Ensure your presence at school events, birthdays, and sports events of your child. Attending such events will be further evidence that you seriously wish to continue your relationship with your child. Courts too consider your attendance in such events before ruling the decision of your child’s custody.
- CREATE A SPACE FOR YOUR CHILD AT HOME
Even if you are residing in a small space, make sure that you have created a separate space for your child. Questions regarding the accommodation of your child will come your way at every hearing during your case of child custody.
- KEEP A PLAN HANDY
You will be expected to have a plan related to your child’s life if you are awarded custody. You should have strong answers to all questions about the quality of life your child will have when you have the custody. Whether the question about residence or about higher education for your child, you should have it all planned.
- ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL
If you are looking to get the custody of your child, you should be very respectful towards the mother of the child. Disrespectful and rude behavior with the mother will prove to be a big disadvantage for you, not to mention the impact it is going to have on your child as well. It is a pretty big factor that can ultimately influence the decision of custody.
If you have any issues with child custody, the best Family Law lawyers in Brisbane can help you address them.
About The Author
Dan Buckley has been a family law professional since 2005. He helps clients make sound decisions in the fields of family law, financial management, de facto matters, and matrimonial property matters.