[T]his is part three of three factors for fathers gaining custody of their children. Part one included: Choosing the right attorney, keeping records and documentation, and proper positioning for parental evaluations. Part two dealt with: Talking with your children’s neighbors, staying involved in your child’s activities, and compiling a photo album for an exhibit. The final part of the series:

Getting the Right Judge Assigned to your Case

The attorney for the dad seeking custody in our source, www.DeltaBravo.net, said the right judge was important for their case. The lawyer said the more often than not, judges make decisions using their own common sense and discretion, and then look to the law to back up their decision. Without knowing the process, which probably varies from state to state, getting the right judge is probably a combination of the right timing and good luck. Just like I recommend for finding a good attorney, go sit in court and listen to your judge ahead of time.

Never Losing Your Temper

The courts do not want to report to a judge that you lost your temper in a court, especially in front of your family, even if you were a victim in the particular situation. In the 1992 movie, “A Few Good Men” Jack Nicholson’s character totally and completely loses his case based on losing his temper. It not only happens in movies, it happens frequently in real life!

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Running Your Custody Action without a Budget

This process will certainly cost more than you anticipated. However, if you really want to raise your children, you will spend the money on the depositions, parental evaluations, and other investigative work. Your adult children will thank you.

Video and Audio Evidence

The Dad in our example recorded a conversation with his Ex and new husband to illustrate the verbal abuse they were subjecting him to. However, even he admitted the judge wasn’t totally pleased with the tactic of ‘anonymous recording.’ If you resort to this strategy, make sure you know that your state allows it (some don’t), and talk to your attorney before proceeding with this idea. If it’s all legal, you will want to transcribe them to a hard copy, as few courts will take the time to listen to an original recording. While judges are not keen on this practice I have found this is great evidence to present to case and social workers involved in your case.

What do you think is key to gaining custody?

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