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Tips for Fathers Who Want More Custody | Hart Law Offices, PC

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If you're a dad going through a divorce, you might be worried that you'll never see your kids anymore or that you won't have any custody rights. While in time of the past, courts may have been more likely to side with the mother in custody battles, good fathers now have a very good chance of winning more time with their kids.
You'll have to put in some time and effort with your lawyer to represent yourself well. But there are some other things you can do to put yourself in the best position possible. Remember that courts decide custody arrangements based on the best interest of the child. It's important that you put your best for foot forward when demonstrating your ability to provide for the well-being of your children.
These tips will help you in your fight to get more time with your kids, especially if you hope to have primary physical custody or full custody.
1. Find a Home Close By
Divorce can affect kids in different ways, but one of the ways to reduce to impact is to make sure that their day-to-day routine does not change much. If you are moving out of the house, don't move across town or to another city. Instead, look for a place that is in the same school district. This way, if you are fighting for primary physical custody, your kids won't have to change schools.
Keeping the same school district and neighborhood means less upheaval in the life of the child. Your willingness to purchase or rent a home close by shows you are putting your children first in your decision of where to live.
Living close by may also decrease your child support payment if your child spends enough overnight stays at your home. Overnight stays are not usually numerous when a parent lives too far away from the school district.
2. Pay What You've Been Told to Pay
Many divorces begin with a temporary custody agreement until the final agreement can be drawn up. Sometimes, this agreement takes months. Fathers are often asked to pay child support from the beginning of a separation. If you have not been supporting your family or making mandatory payments on time, you will have a hard time winning any custody battles.
If you can, go the extra mile by offering to pay for things like extra-curricular fees and similar expenses to show your willingness and ability to provide for the needs and development of your children. If you've been putting money away for college, these accounts can also be evidence of your ability to plan for the future.
3. Be Present
It can be tough to be on the scene all the time when you're working full time, but when you're working for custody, do everything you can to be there for your kids. Sometimes, mothers are more hands-on with the day-to-day details of a child's life, especially if she only worked part time or stayed at home. Successful fathers:
  • •Know teachers’ names and how their children are doing in school. Attend parent-teacher conferences when you can.
  • •Are prompt for pick-up and drop-off appointments. This includes being on time dropping kids off when they are staying with the other parent.
  • •Know their child's medical history and medications. If your child needs to go to a doctor's appointment, you are able to make it happen.
Show up when you say you will, and make sure that the people in your community know you and your commitment to your children, even when it is not convenient for you.
4. Get and Stay Employed
If you don't have a job, don't be picky about finding one. If you currently have a job but want to find something else, remember that a custody case is not the time to look for another job. Employment and financial ability are an important part of determining a person's ability to have custody over their children. Stick with your current job throughout the case and try not to miss days or be late for work.
5. Demonstrate Your Ability to Keep a Healthy Relationship
Divorce is common and nearly everyone will expect you to move on from your past relationship with your now-ex-spouse. You don't have to be in a relationship to get a better custody agreement, but don't be afraid of committing to someone new if it seems like the right thing for you. A solid, steady, ongoing relationship is usually a good thing, so don't postpone big life choices like getting engaged or married.
If you are a caring, able father, don't discount your ability to get plenty of time with your children. Many fathers still assume that the courts won't be on their side, so they don't fight at all. However, putting in your best effort can pay off for the benefit of yourself and of your kids. Contact us at Hart Law Offices, PC for more information on your custody case.

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Stopped for a Suspected DUI Dos and Donts to Keep in Mind

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Approximately 1.5 million Americans are arrested every year for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you were at your local bar, a friend's wedding, or a dinner party, you might get behind the wheel while intoxicated, even though this is never a prudent idea. Unfortunately, even if you've only drunk a small amount, it will influence your skills behind the wheel, which can catch the attention of a skilled police officer.

Getting pulled over on suspicion of a DUI can be scary. However, if you don't know how to act and protect yourself while interacting with the officer, it can make a bad situation even worse. Here are a few DUI do's and don'ts.

Do Learn About the DUI Laws in Idaho

The DUI laws in Idaho are strict, and if you are caught driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, you will suffer some stiff penalties. For example, if you are pulled over and whether or not you agree to a breathalyzer, and it is your first offense, you could face some very serious consequences, including a suspended license, jail time, and a fine that will not exceed $1000.

If you are convicted of a DUI within five to 10 years after your initial DUI conviction, the penalties become far more severe. In some cases, if you have several DUIs in a 10-year span, you could wind up spending several months in jail or perhaps years in prison.

Do Pull Over as Quickly as Possible

If you're driving and suddenly see the familiar flashing red and blue lights and hear the siren of a police vehicle, your first instinct might be to pull over immediately, no matter where you are. However, the best option is to instead pull off in an area that well-lit that will allow the officer to safely walk toward your vehicle and speak to you through the window.

If you are on a busy freeway or highway, you may need to drive a while for this to happen. In this case, turn on your emergency flashers, which signals the officer that you have acknowledged you are being pulled over.

Once it's safe to pull on the side of the road, do so, and immediately turn off your ignition and wait for the officer to approach. While you're sitting inside the car, keep your hands on the steering wheel and wait for the officer to tap on your window. Even if the officer seems to be taking a long time to get out of their vehicle, it is never advisable to step outside of your car and approach the police vehicle.

The officer might take this as a sign of aggression, and you could wind up being in more trouble than if you had patiently waited in your vehicle for several minutes.

Do Have the Necessary Documents Readily Available

You are waiting patiently in your vehicle with your hands clearly visible awaiting the sight of the police officer. Once they approach the vehicle, lower the window after they ask you to. Wait for the officer to speak before you speak. The officer will ask for your driver's license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration. It is critical to have these in an easily accessible place, such as inside your glove compartment or center console.

Let the officer know where the documents are in your vehicle and slowly remove them from the compartment. Hand them to the officer and await further instructions. The officer will then head back to their cruiser to ensure the information you provided is accurate.

Don't Argue with the Police Officer

One of the biggest mistakes many drivers make when addressing a police officer is speaking in a disrespectful tone, acting belligerent, or questioning everything the officer says. This is a bad idea, and instead, it's important to remain calm and courteous.

Always address the officer with a "sir" or "ma'am." You are under no obligation to admit that you have been drinking or taking drugs. If you do not feel comfortable answering any of the officer's questions, you can politely decline. For any questions you can answer without admitting guilt, always use a simple "yes" or "no."

Finally, although it carries a stiff penalty, you can refuse a BAC or another roadside test. However, keep in mind that there are repercussions for doing so.

Don't Go Through the DUI Process Alone

When all is said, and done, if you are arrested, your first step should be to call an attorney. Your attorney can help guide you through the rest of the process, including being released from jail and preparing your defense. Never try to take on this confusing task alone, and instead, utilize the skills of a trained and knowledgeable attorney.

Being pulled over for a DUI can be a scary experience. If you ever find yourself in this situation, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at Hart Law Offices, P.C .