No one expects a relationship to end when it begins. Sadly, not every romance lasts forever as they do in books, movies and on television. Instead, a couple may end up relying on a stranger to make decisions that affect their future as they end their relationships. One of those decisions could affect the children’s futures as well. When it comes time to go to court for a child custody hearing, preparation is key.
It may seem obvious to have at least a basic understanding of Texas child custody laws, but some people skip this step. The more information parents obtain regarding what they face in court, the less stress they may feel. Stress can cause them to lose focus and even express anger in the courtroom, which will not help.
In fact, most judges will watch each parent’s behavior during these hearings. Even though judges are supposed to be unbiased, they still look at the characters of each parent since their primary goal is to ensure the best interests of the children. A volatile parent may not be the best one to take on the daily care of the children. Appearances also matter since, like it or not, first impressions do count.
Texas parents also need to come to court prepared. Bring the right documentation and be ready to answer potentially difficult questions. The court takes its job seriously when it comes to protecting children and needs to know the parents feel the same about their job as a parent. The more prepared a parent is, the better the child custody hearing will probably go.