Challenging a soon-to-be ex-spouse for child custody could be the most stressful aspect of divorce proceedings. Ultimately, a Washington state family court judge will try to determine what is in the child’s best interest. A judge bases decisions on evidence, and, unfortunately, one spouse might not be entirely honest. Therefore, the contesting spouse may need to present a stronger case for being the best person to care for the child.
Building a strong argument for child custody
Presenting compelling evidence about one’s parenting skills may help. Showing financial statements that display consistent support for medical care and schooling might cast one parent in a better light when the other parent proves neglectful.
Good parents also display love for their children, and remaining in constant contact helps establish proof of a loving relationship. Text messages and phone call logs might reveal a parent intends to be part of the child’s life.
Countering any false claims made by the other parent could become unavoidable. Documentary and eyewitness evidence may refute false claims from a bitter spouse.
Just as one parent may prove lacking, the other parent could behave in an exceptionally positive manner. Speaking ill to a child about another spouse might cause the young one trauma. Additionally, evidence of such behavior probably won’t look good in court.
Other options worth considering
Perhaps both parents may wish to consider a joint custody arrangement. Battling over sole child custody might not be necessary when both parents can care for the young one. Negotiating a reasonable joint child custody agreement could be in everyone’s best interests.
There are several ways both parties may work towards an acceptable agreement. Both mediation and devising a parenting plan might help, as could other steps. Parents could reach an amicable conclusion that benefits the child.