In depth interview with the client, confront case deficiencies head-on, look for what is missing from the picture as a whole.
Identify and expound on missing links: little to no support from the father, self-curtailed visitation during the proceeding through no interference or fault of the client; focus case upon other custodial factors in favor including a decade of child residing with the client and the client handling all of the child’s day to day needs.
As the father had not been availing himself of his visits there was little middle ground to work with as his access was already without any practical limitation.
Deploy strategies through knowledge of evidence law, flush out and highlight favorable facts, confront and offer alternate theories regarding facts that hurt our case, defend the record.
Put our best foot forward with an articulate closing statement that succinctly captures our clients position.
Out client prevailed. Application of the father denied. Order of joint legal custody custody, with physical custody awarded to the mother.