For many decades, children remaining with their mother after a divorce was taken as a given, except in cases of neglect or instability. Fathers who wished to retain access to their own children were left with few resources at the mercy of the justice system. Now, however, with increasing evidence that children raised without a father figure are less likely to succeed and more likely to turn to crime, fathers are finding more sympathy in court. If you are undergoing a divorce and fighting for custody of your children, these four preparations can help strengthen your case. 

Seeking Help From a Family Law Expert

After learning of a divorce, your first action should be to call an experienced family law attorney for advice and counsel. Family law specialists are familiar with all of the perils and potential complications of divorce proceedings, and your attorney will be your advocate through every step of the process. Making preparations immediately can mean all the difference for your case. 

Gathering Custody Evidence

Once you have found an attorney, start collecting evidence of your own care as a father and any troublesome behavior from your spouse. Divorce decisions seek to keep children's lives as normal as possible. If you can prove that you are their primary caretaker or can provide a more stable and loving home for your children, you are more likely to win a favorable ruling. Such evidence might include texts, emails, photographs, schedules and any records that document your involvement as a parent or your spouse's deficiencies. 

Finding Solid Witnesses

Witnesses are one of the most important factors in a custody hearing. Your attorney will be able to help you choose witnesses to give honest and influential testimony regarding your parenting. If your spouse struggles with any issues such as mental illness, drug abuse or a demanding career, witnesses can also testify against her ability to function as a single parent. Witnesses such as teachers, friends, coaches and family members are all valuable voices to speak for you in court. 

Presenting Yourself to the Court

Finally, once you are ready for your hearing and have made all of the necessary preparations, you must be ready to make a good impression. Rehearse questions and answers with your witnesses and attorney to present the strongest and clearest argument possible. Remain polite and respectful during the entire process, no matter how stressful it becomes. If you have done your work beforehand and come armed with evidence, witnesses and a compelling argument, the court will be impressed by your effort and hopefully decide in your favor, placing your children in the home where they will be happiest and most likely to succeed in the future. 

For more information, contact Raskosky Law Office or a similar firm.