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Documentation in Child Custody Cases

How important is documentation in child custody cases?It is extremely important.
According to several child custody experts, one of the best means to prepare for and win a child custody trial is to provide solid documentation that can prove one's parental capabilities and fitness.
Typically one needs to prove to the court and convince the judge that he/she can provide the child with the best environment suitable for the proper growth and development.
During these cases, every minute detail such as parenting skills, daily interactions of the parent with the child, participation in school and medical appointments, availability, past conduct, and more may be carefully scrutinized by the court before any decision is made.
Therefore, one would do well to keep a detailed record of past events and maintain accurate documentation that can support the parent's involvement and caring nature and also the deficiencies of the spouse towards the child.
For example, documentation that demonstrates questionable behavior or judgment of a spouse such as domestic violence, abuse, drug usage, negligence towards the child, unavailability, frustrating contact, and/or poor parenting skills will be important.
There are many ways in which one can demonstrate through documentation that they are fit and/or the better parent.
Documentation can include accompanying the child in all the school activities such as parent-teacher meetings or school functions, level of involvement in the child's daily activities, helping the child with homework, taking care of the child's regular health checkups, getting the child involved in family and church activities and going out on a vacation and spending quality time with the child.
The most important prerequisite is to keep a proper record of all activities and have witnesses in mind who can testify to your parenting skills and level of participation in your child's life to leave no question that your continued involvement is in the best interest of the child.
© 2007 Child Custody Coach

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