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3 tips for a child custody evaluation

Before you're given custody of your child, an evaluation is being carried out. Understandably, you're nervous. Doing well is critical to the future of your family and your relationship with the child.

To help you, below are three tips that you should keep in mind before and during the evaluation.

1. Remember that the person doing the evaluation is objective.

This person isn't coming to try to work for your spouse or against you. He or she isn't trying to deny your custody rights. At the same time, this person isn't on your side, trying to prove you deserve those rights. Never assume he or she has picked a side or has any other goal besides an objective observation.

2. Be conscious of first impressions.

You're not going to get custody of your child just because your house is clean when the evaluator walks through the door. At the same time, though, first impressions do go a long way. If the home is messy and dirty, the evaluator may start wondering if it's safe, how much time and effort you can really put into parenting and other things of this nature.

3. Only talk about parenting, not other marital topics.

The evaluator doesn't need to hear about why you're excited to get divorced or angry about it. He or she doesn't even need to hear about your relationship with your spouse, unless it pertains to parenting. Focus on the kids at all times. The rest of the divorce is important to you, but not to the evaluator.

As you prepare for the custody evaluation and the divorce case, be sure you know your legal rights as a parent and what options you have.

Source: The Spruce, "10 Child Custody Evaluation Tips for Single Parents," Jennifer Wolf, accessed July 05, 2017

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