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3 tips to mentally prepare for a child custody battle

Divorcing from your spouse also means splitting time with your children. While you may have an idea of what you want this arrangement to look like, your spouse may disagree.

If, according to the American Bar Association, you and your spouse cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, the court will make this decision based on the best interests of your children. As you prepare to take your child custody case to court, there are steps you should take to protect your mental wellbeing.

1. Prepare your documentation in advance

You may need to compile medical records, school records, testimonies from friends, family and neighbors and other documentation before your court date. Start putting together these requested documents in advance, so you feel prepared to go to court.

2. Keep your children in mind

Although you may want a certain outcome from your child custody case, you also likely want what is best for your children. Throughout your divorce and related hearings, remember to put your children and what they need first.

3. Think through possible scenarios

Before your child custody hearing, think through all the possible outcomes of your case and consider how you feel about each of them. This can help you mentally process the final verdict and prepare to coparent with your ex.

You may feel nervous, anxious and worried about the outcome of your child custody case. But if you focus on preparing mentally, you may be able to ease some of your concerns and prepare to move forward.