Nothing is more important to you than the health and wellbeing of your child. When a divorce happens, that relationship you had with your son or daughter undergoes an abrupt change. Custody must be determined and having to debate over the future circumstances of your child is a difficult and emotional process.
It isn't all bad mind you. In the end you, your former spouse and a judge are all acting in the best interests of the child when trying to determine custody. The judge has ultimate say, and part of his ruling will be determined by the testimony of people close to the child - any caretakers, family friends or teachers can be called to attest to the child's wellbeing.
All witnesses are important, but of significant importance is the teacher. They can elaborate on how engaged the parents are in their son's or daughter's education, which could weigh quite heavily on a judge's mind. With this in mind, becoming or remaining involved at your child's school and in their educational endeavors is a critical piece to any child custody case.
Make a point to stop by the offices of your child's teacher. Just talking with the teacher shows them your active approach to your child's education. You should also ask about any volunteer opportunities at the school. Helping out on a field trip or giving your time towards a school-directed community service project is not only a great way to help the surrounding community, but it will also stick out in a teacher's mind.
It is also important that on nights when you are visiting with your child, you resist the urge to play games or watch TV. Sure, this fine on some occasions - but helping your son or daughter with their homework lets you connect with them on a more personal level. Additionally, teachers sometimes check homework logs to see which parent is taking the initiative to help their child learn.
These may sound like "tactics" just to win custody, but the real benefit of doing these things is that you have more opportunities to bond with your child and watch them grow. Potentially helping your child custody case is simply an added bonus.
Source: Huffington Post, "Want Custody Of Your Kids? Get Involved With Their School!," Joseph E. Cordell, Mar. 8, 2012