What to Expect at a Family Court Hearing
It can be scary to consider what a family court may decide. Even if your situation isn’t extreme, the laws change constantly and can be difficult to understand. Even if you think you know what is involved in family court, you should do more research about the family code and its process before deciding how you will participate. Below are some things that you need to be aware of when you are thinking about participating in a family court.
You will probably be asked to sign a “plea of truth and innocence” stating that you truly don’t know the details of the case. This means that if the family court finds out things you may not want to admit, you may be held in contempt of court. If you are guilty of something, you may have to face jail time, probation, fines, or a combination of all of these things. These records are not open to the general public, except in rare situations, and you will be placed on a public record unless you volunteer to have them removed.
In most circumstances, you will be involved in a custody case with your children’s primary caretaker. You are the biological mother, and will therefore be considered the official custodial parent. Custody decisions are typically based on the best interests of the child at the time and can change from one family court to another. If your child has special needs, your records may be required to show that you can responsibly care for them.
The judge will also determine if you can retain a lawyer. This is important because many times self-representation is not allowed in family court cases. If you are involved in a criminal case, your lawyer can make sure that your rights are protected and that you get fair representation.
The judge may also determine if a pre-trial investigation will be conducted. This will involve interviewing you, your child, and any witnesses. This information can help the court come to a fair decision regarding custody and child visitation. It can also show the court why you should be awarded custody. It can go against you if you refuse to participate in the investigation.
If you are involved in a serious crime, it can be recommended that you go to jail. If you do not follow the court’s orders and are involved in an illegal act, the police can come to your home and arrest you. This can be extremely intimidating and can severely affect your ability to get a job. In some cases, the court may ask you to go to jail under certain circumstances, such as using drugs or alcohol.
In summary, the most important thing about a child custody case is how well you can present yourself to the court. Your demeanour can be critical to your chances of success. If you are involved in a serious crime, you can be charged with multiple felonies and face long prison sentences. If you want to protect your rights, you need to hire a competent attorney.