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Top 10 ways to WIN your New York Custody Case

As a New York,family law lawyer in Westchester County, New York, I am commonly asked by clients "What can I do to win my Custody Case?"

The answer is not easy and there is no magical formula but over the years I have noticed countless ways to strengthen a child custody case.

Below are my Top Ten:

  1. A Journal – Keep a diary or journal of every event regarding your children. Including pick up and drop off times, telephone calls, child support payments sent or received, note who does the pick-up and drop-off and keep track of other activities with your child. Courts are all about record keeping therefore you must keep great, organized notes. Never let the other parent see your journal.
  2. Driving – Make sure you maintain a clean driving record. DWI or reckless driving charges will be used against you in court. Be sure to have an appropriate car seat, booster seat and seatbelts. Many times local fire departments or police departments will help you pick out and install safety seats.
  3. Social Media – Suspend all your social media but keep close track of the other parent's social media. You do not want to post a picture of yourself at a crazy weekend party.
  4. Follow all Court Orders – Even if you don't agree with the court order or the other parent violates the court order be sure that you are following the court's order.
  5. Know your Child's Doctors and Teachers – Make sure you know these important people. Also, keep track of the names of any coach(s) or counselor(s).
  6. No Drugs – If you have been taking any recreational drugs you must stop. Any proof of use of recreational drugs will be devastating to your custody case.
  7. Witnesses – Keep in contact with all potential witnesses. You attorney will help you identify any such witnesses.
  8. Spend time with your children – Spend as much quality time with your child as possible. Do every pick-up and drop-off and unless necessary for your employment, keep child care to a minimum. Take advantage of all time you have with your child. Do not miss any days and if you do schedule a make-up day
  9. Conversations with your child – Do not discuss the custody case with your child. Don't push them for information about the other parent. Always try to boost your child's self-esteem.
  10. Hire the best family law (custody lawyer) you can find - You will not only need advice as the custody case progresses but will undoubtedly have questions after the case. Your attorney should be prepared, have the experience to handle your case and also be available for follow up questions after the case is over.

If you have a child custody issue in New York State contact my law firm for a free consultation. Our main offices are in Westchester County in White Plains and we also maintain an office in Orange County ( ).

Our attorneys are aggressive and have the experience to protect your rights and fight for Custody.

We regularly appear in the New York Family Courts of Westchester County (White Plains, Yonkers & New Rochelle), Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland County and the Bronx.

Call us today for a consultation (914) 946-4808.