“Evidence To Save For Custody Hearings”

If you have a custody hearing, either scheduled currently, or to be scheduled in the future, you need to save certain evidence to present to the judge. Basically, anything that supports your position or shows the behavior of the other party is important. Here is a list of items to think about saving, although you can have other types of documents that apply to your situation.

1. Text messages and e-mails.
2. Call logs from your phone.
3. Agreements made outside of court for visitation exchanges or other items agreed upon.
4. Printouts of social media posts, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter—anything that shows fitness or non-fitness as a parent.
5. DVDs of videos that could be evidence.
6. School records, such as report cards, grades, and attendance reports.
7. Doctor’s recommendations if health issues are before the court.
8. IEP’s if there are special needs involved.
9. Prescriptions for minors if medical care is at issue.
10. Proof of child support payments if there is an allegation that payments have not been made.
11. Police reports.
12. All past court orders, including specifically the current order.
13. Calendars showing visitation history.
14. Written copy of your proposed schedule.

All of these items can be useful in a court hearing. If you intend to introduce them as evidence and you believe the opposing side will object (this will almost certainly happen if your ex is represented by an attorney) then you should seek legal representation to ensure that your evidence is considered by the judge and not excluded because of a flawed presentation that does not meet the technical standards of admissibility under California law.
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