You want to do what you can to get custody of your children. You know that your spouse is fighting to have primary custody (and much more time than you’d receive if she had her way). You’ve always been a good parent and intend to be there for your kids. You want to have joint custody and split your time with them 50-50 if possible.

The good news for you is that most courts do like to see parents work together and to have joint custody when possible. There is a presumption that children need both parents in their lives. At the same time, many judges will be unhappy if they find out that one parent is trying to take away custody time or to limit the other parent’s interactions with their children for no reason.

What can you do to make the best case for custody?

There are a few things you can do to make a case for custody stronger. Some include:

  • Getting witness statements or letters from friends, teachers and others who know your relationship with your children
  • Having documentation of your schedule and how you’ll handle a custody schedule
  • Showing that you have prepared bedrooms and a living space for your children in your home
  • Make sure you attend court hearings and appear on time
  • Take time to look your best in court because showing that you can take care of yourself will help your case

Your attorney will talk to you about additional steps you can take to help get the custody schedule and time that you want. It may not be a simple situation, but the right documents and actions can help.