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What can you expect in a custody hearing?

| Jan 29, 2021 | Family Law

The outcome of a Louisiana child custody hearing can have a massive impact on your family’s future. While you can’t dictate the result, you can prepare yourself so you can make a good impression on the judge when your court date arrives. Here’s a look at some of the questions that might be asked during your hearing.

What questions will the judge ask during your hearing?

If the judge is considering giving you full or joint custody, it wants to be sure that you can provide a safe home for your child. The judge might ask you questions about your current job, your financial situation and any debts that you’ve accrued. This can help the judge evaluate whether you can afford to support a child on your income. Additionally, the judge will use this information if you’re ordered to pay child support.

Your preferred custody arrangement is another important aspect of child custody hearings. Most judges prefer joint physical custody arrangements that allow the child to maintain a strong relationship with both parents. However, if you have good reasons why you believe you should be awarded full custody, the judge might take this into consideration.

If you already have a custody arrangement, the judge might ask you how it’s going so far. They might not want to alter your existing arrangement if it’s working for you, the child and the former spouse. The judge might also ask you about your level of communication with the other parent. If they’re going to award joint custody, they want to make sure that you and your former spouse can communicate with each other so you can do what’s best for your child.

Do you need an attorney during this time?

An attorney could help you prepare for your child custody hearing. If you show up unprepared, you might make a bad first impression, which could cost you valuable time with your child. It’s important to know what to expect and have statements ready that prove that you’re a dedicated parent. Your attorney could also help you argue for full custody, if necessary.