It goes without saying that parents who divorce obviously have their differences. However, the common concerns divorced parents have often revolve around the children. Sometimes, both parents may want primary child custody or are unable to agree on a suitable or appropriate child custody arrangement, so the matter has to be resolved in court. Here are some ways parents in Illinois can prepare for an upcoming child custody hearing.
Get an idea of what to expect
Before court proceedings begin, it is very helpful for parents to do some research and learn as much as they can about the process. This way they can gain an understanding of what to expect and anticipate each step. The judge will ask questions about things such as employment and living arrangements. Have answers thought out and ready beforehand.
Being dressed in proper courtroom attire is one of the best ways a parent can show the court that he or she is a responsible and capable adult. Clothing, hair and makeup should be conservative and formal. Keep in mind that family court is often held in a smaller and more intimate setting, so a person’s appearance will be more noticeable.
Be ready for the decision
After both parties have made their arguments and presented their sides, the judge will make his or her decision, which often happens quickly. However, remember that courts in Illinois will always put the best interests of the children as the primary factor in their decision. Parents who have questions or need help with any aspect of child custody may want to consider contacting a legal representative. An experienced family law attorney can provide legal guidance and help parents get prepared for a child custody case.