When a court rules on a California child custody issue, the judge understands the tremendous impact that the decision will have. That’s why the judge carefully considers a long list of factors in making a determination. The judge might consider:
- Whether there’s a history of abuse or domestic violence
- The number of kids and their ages
- The stability of each parent’s home
- Each parent’s employment
- A child’s special needs
But judges are people, too. And that means that other factors may impact their decisions. That’s why you need to make a positive impression on the judge. Here’s how:
- If you speak, do so in a respectful manner. Speak only when you are asked to.
- Wear tasteful, professional clothes. Wear muted colors and conservative styles.
- Do not go overboard with makeup, jewelry, or perfume.
- Turn your cell phone off. Do not play with it, even if you are bored!
- Do not chew gum, eat food, or drink anything.
- Do not bring extra people to court. This includes your new boyfriend and your children (unless you have been specifically instructed to bring them to court).
While a judge may be able to look past these hidden factors, you want to make the most positive impression you can. If you need help with a child custody situation, contact a San Francisco family lawyer who exclusively represents women. You may reach Paul Nathan of the Law Offices of Paul H. Nathan at 415-341-1144 or by filling out our online contact form.