When New York parents split up, they must go to court to decide on child custody. Certain documents can serve as valuable evidence and increase your chances for success.
Any records that show that you’ve been in continuous communication with your child are strong evidence in a child custody case. This includes phone calls, text messages and video chats. You should take note of the nature of these communications and when during the day they occurred.
Financial records showing all the expenses that have gone toward your child should be brought to court. This also includes information regarding your income, assets and taxes. Showing that you pay for things for the benefit of your child can help even if you don’t currently have custody.
Information about your child’s well-being
The court wants to know that the child’s best interests are being met. Showing documents about your child’s well-being can help your chances with the court. These should include information about your child’s school attendance, grades, extracurricular activities, health and wellness and care at home.
While child custody cases are ongoing, present schedules of parenting time. It can show the court how dedicated you are to your time spent with your child. The schedule should show how long visitation lasts, how frequent it is and where it’s spent. This is especially helpful for non-custodial parents who wish to gain custody.
Among the strongest forms of documentation for a child custody trial are custody evaluations. It could show whether that parent’s home is a safe, healthy place for their child.
When the court considers awarding custody to parents, it will factor what’s in the child’s best interests over all else.