Tips For Winning Custody Despite Having A Disability

Posted on: 10 March 2017

If you should get a divorce and have children, you are likely going to want to take custody of your children. However, if you have a disability, you might worry that you are going to be considered to be less fit. The courts might worry that you are not going to be able to physically prevent a child from running into the street if you are in a wheelchair or that you won't wake up to help a child if you have a narcolepsy. If you have a disability but would be the more fit parent between you and your soon-to-be-ex partner, then you likely want to make sure that you can prove that your disability will not affect your ability to be an effective parent. Here are some tips for doing so.

1. Be Prepared to Combat Challenges

If the other parent of your children is seeking custody as well, he or she might attack you for your disabilities and bring up potential ways that your children's lives will be harmed as a result of your disabilities. This can be very hurtful, but getting emotional in a courtroom will not help you. In order to prepared to combat these challenges, you need to do two things. The first is that you need to get used to hearing them. This will allow you to avoid getting emotional. The second is that you need to have proof that you will not be hindered by your disability when it comes to caring for your children. Think of all of the ways that you could possibly be attacked for your disability and come up with examples of how they aren't actually an issue or how you will plan to deal with those problems. This will show the court that you are aware of your disabilities and are willing to take steps to mitigate the potential problems that they could cause.

2. Be Willing to Communicate With the Other Parent

Finally, be sure that you document every instance where you have shown yourself to be willing to communicate with the other parents and the other parent's family. Courts often prefer parents who are willing to nourish relationships between the children and all of their blood relatives, including those belonging to the other parent. This shows that you will be willing to make sure that your children's lives are not hindered by the divorce and that you are capable of fully providing for them.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in family law.