In a custody hearing, you may wonder what kind of evidence could be used against you. You may also want to know what kind of evidence you can use to bolster your own case. There is a lot of evidence available in custody cases, but you need to know how to use it.
This is what you need to know about child custody evidence.
Store Videos and Photos
Photos and videos should be safely stored not only on your phone but also in your email or somewhere else safely. You can also send them to your attorney for safekeeping. Photos and videos can demonstrate the kind of relationship you have with your child, and they can help dispel myths that you and your child are not close.
Keep Charts & Journals
Documenting your child's needs, moods, and requests can be beneficial. Many parents who have children who might have special needs use this evidence. You can also chart successes and good moments you have with your child, showing their good grades or good behavior.
It is also wise to log the actions or inaction of the other parent. For example, if the other parent failed to attend a school function or was late for a pickup, you should take note of this. You can also log the correspondence you have with the other parent.
Avoid Social Media
Social media can be used very negatively against a parent, no matter how good or bad they may be. It is often detrimental to use social media when somebody is going through a child custody case, as even the song a person says they are listening to can be misconstrued to indicate something else in court. It is even wise to ask friends not to tag you in photos or at events.
Understand the Role of Communication
The communication you have with others can also be used as evidence. Conversations, including phone conversations and text messages, can be brought against you, and they can be used to make it appear as if you were hostile or combative. Make sure that you use a professional tone in all communications, taking the same care you would if you were writing a professional message.
Hire a Child Custody Lawyer
A child custody lawyer can help you determine how to best use evidence and how to refute evidence brought against you. Consult with an attorney today to discuss your options for moving forward with a strong case.