If you are trying to determine how to get full custody of your child, it is highly unlikely that it will go ‘smoothly’. You are going to be met with much opposition from the other parent, and you will probably find yourself fighting in what seems to be a never ending string of custody battles.
When you find yourself in this situation, there are a few things that will help your cause. First off, don’t every fly off the handle about anything. It is very probable that you will face accusations and criticisms that are either not true, or highly over-exaggerated. If you do, you need to keep your cool. Be concerned, but don’t lose your temper. If you are persistent, you will have a much better chance of being vindicated. Then, the problem lies in the court of the accusing person. They will be forced to validate what they’ve done, and in many cases, they will only dig themselves further into a hole.
Another very helpful thing to do during a child custody battle is to keep good notes. You are going to be questioned about all of the things that have happened, and you will need to bring up exact dates and the events that transpired on those dates. You will not be able to do this from memory effectively. Keep a small notepad on hand at all times that you can simply mark down the events on. This will be a lifesaver for when you end up in court. Write down anything out of the ordinary that you observe, anything the other parent says or does that is out of character or invasive, and mark down anything the children mention to you.
If you manage to do these few simple things, you will stand a much better chance to win your case. Of course, this isn’t everything you need to do, but it will be highly beneficial for you.