Will County Family Lawyers :: Top 10 Child Custody Mistakes #8
Mistake #8 — Not having proper documentation
It is important to keep a journal of important events with regard to the way your current custody arrangement is working.
Be cooperative and timely regarding any information or documentation requested of you by an attorney or by the courts.
For example, if the other parent is not complying with your agreement, making disparaging remarks to the children, or engaging in other conduct you believe to be inappropriate write it down in detail in your journal.
Also, do not forget that custody is not all about tearing down the other side. It is also important that you write down the positive things that you have done in detail in your journal.
Custody battles can often take a long time to reach a resolution and the journal will allow you to point to specific conduct on specific dates. This will give your testimony far greater weight.
People see lawyers on TV win every week. But behind the scenes, that lawyer doesn’t simply walk into court and win a case. There is a lot of calculated preparation that goes into winning and that preparation, investigation and research requires details that take time.
Keep this simple math formula in mind: no information + no documentation + no witnesses = no case.
If you are going to hire a lawyer and pay them to represent you and your kids, you have to go the distance and support them. After all, your lawyer is there to help you. When you help your lawyer, you help yourself and your kids.