Although most divorce proceedings in Colorado tend to go off without a hitch, there are a few that may take a little longer to complete. Many of those revolve around a child custody challenge. This involves one of two things: Either the parents do not agree on the custody schedule or they do not agree that one parent should have any custody of the child. This leads to a child custody hearing, but what types of questions can you expect from this hearing? Read on to learn some of the most common questions you could face during a custody hearing.
What is your current financial status?
This question comes up at a child custody hearing because a court wants to know if the child will have everything they need to live a comfortable life. In addition to this, your financial state will also go into consideration when discussing child support. This would include both joint and sole custody situations.
Are you looking for sole or joint custody?
During a custody hearing, a major point of discussion will be the type of custody you are seeking. The court wants to know what type of route they’re going to be dealing with. It’s important to note that most courts will prefer that parents seek joint custody as it is better for the child to grow up with both parents in their lives.
How is the communication between your spouse?
As stated above, courts prefer if both parents stay involved in the child’s life. That is why they will aim for joint custody. However, there are cases in which good communication is simply not there between parents. This can dramatically affect the final decision, and thus it is in your best interest to work on communication with your spouse.
Although these are some of the most common questions you’ll hear, they’re by no means the only ones. It is highly recommended that you obtain an attorney with experience in child custody hearings as they may be able to coach you through a variety of other questions that the courts may ask.