As many people in Boulder County know, divorce or separation can bring seriously negative feelings to the fore. Of all the disagreements that can arise in a divorce or separation, among the most acrimonious are child custody disputes. People usually have strong feelings about the upbringing of their children. If people feel their wishes regarding their children's upbringing will not be respected, things can get ugly in a hurry.
As fans of reality TV may be aware, one of the stars of "Real Housewives of New York" is involved in a contentious child custody fight with her estranged husband. Currently, Jules Wainstein shares custody of her children with her estranged husband Michael. But Michael is trying to get custody of their children, and he is alleging that Jules has a history of drug use and abuse. Michael's attorney has cited episodes of the show as showing Jules carrying pills in her purse. The attorney has also alleged that Jules has spent time at a drug rehab center.
The judge in the case has indicated an unwillingness to evaluate these allegations solely on the basis of what was shown on television. He has suggested that an affidavit from a nanny might be more persuasive than allegations of misconduct based only on what was shown on TV.
This example shows the importance of showing up prepared for court. Whether one is making serious allegations and needs the hard evidence to back them up, or whether one is facing allegations that may not have the best evidentiary support, being prepared can be key to arguing a persuasive case.
Source: NYDailyNews.com, "'Real Housewives of New York' star Jules Wainstein's child custody battle gets ugly with talk of drug abuse," Victoria Bekiempis, Nov. 16, 2016