During a child custody hearing, it is important to remain calm and respectful. The courtroom is a very emotional place, and it is easy to react inappropriately. This can cost you custody. To avoid this, you should consult an attorney, who can educate you about the proper ways to conduct yourself during the hearing.
It is also important to bring the appropriate documents. Work with your attorney to gather these documents. They may include bank statements, proof of child support payments, parenting schedules, and medical records. You should be prepared for the court to take its time. Depending on the schedule of the hearing, you may have to wait for quite a while.
During the child custody hearing, both parents should be courteous and cooperative. The judge may ask to see the attorneys in chambers before asking questions about the case. If the judge addresses both attorneys, it is best to speak to your attorney in a whisper. Be respectful and cooperative, but remember that the judge is a human being, and will not take advantage of you.
Regardless of the case, you should always be prepared to provide written evidence to the court. Bringing copies of documents is a good way to show that you tried to co-parent. Without evidence, the judge may not be able to determine custody.