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3 things to remember when fighting for custody

You have concerns about your custody case. You know that legally, judges aren't meant to base custody decisions on which parent you are, but you still think your wife has an advantage over you.

As the breadwinner of the family, you weren't home with your kids as often. You didn't get to do as many things with them, and you worry that it makes it seem like you weren't active in their lives. Before you become too concerned, remember that there is more to consider than the amount of times people saw you participating in activities with your kids. You put food on the table and supported your family, which is respectable and important. Still, there are some things you can do to help yourself in court. Here are three to consider.

1. Appearance matters in court

First, remember that the way you appear in court matters. If you come to court disheveled or unclean, then you make an impression that you don't take care of yourself. If you don't take care of yourself, how could you take care of your children?

2. Behavior in court reflects your intentions

Another thing to remember is that behavior reflects on you. If you're negative, aggressive, interrupt the judge or act rudely, that could negatively affect your chances of obtaining the custody arrangement you want. On the other hand, if you're patient, respectful and appear in a timely manner, that could help your case.

3. No one is guaranteed anything if the case goes to a judge

Most people work out custody arrangements between themselves. If you don't, remember that no one is guaranteed a specific outcome. The judge has the discretion to choose a custody arrangement that he or she thinks will best benefit your child.

These are a few things to think about if you're concerned about your custody case. Your attorney can help you prepare.

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