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How-To Guide: Assembling Divorce and Custody Exhibits

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In divorce, paternity, and custody cases, we prove our case by presenting evidence to the court. One form of evidence that we will use are exhibits. An exhibit is anything we want the Judge to see or hear that will help prove the case. This article will outline some examples of items that can be helpful.

What are Exhibits?

Exhibits can include documents, photographs, emails, text messages, and audio and video recordings. If you take an inventory of what you have to work with at the start of the case, it will save time later. You probably are not going to have everything on the following list. These are simply suggestions and meant to get you thinking about the types of things that can be helpful. Some examples of specific things to consider, include but are not limited to, the following:

Exhibits

Examples of Possible Exhibits

1.Tax Returns (Last Three Years)

2. Paystubs (Last six months)

3. Bank Statements (Last twelve months)

4. Communication such as text messages, voicemails, emails, or letters that supports your position

5. Social media posts

6. School records (Attendance, Report Cards, Communications from teachers, etc.)

7. Medical records

8. Drawings, cards, or letters from the child to the parents

9. Pictures of you and the child from family trips, holidays, and activities that you perform together

10. Calendars illustrating visitation (or Denied Visitation) and activities with the child

11. Documentation or photographs showing your children’s participation in any extracurricular activities

12. Copies your child’s awards, ribbons, and trophies

13. Copies of all drug test results

14. Police Reports

15. Copies of all criminal records

16. Scheduling issues including cancellations or rescheduling caused by the other parent

17. Audio and Videos Recordings.

18. If you have something you feel is essential that is not on this list, let me know.

Start Early

You should start gathering and organizing your evidence at the start of your case. This will help identify the strengths of the case. It will also serve to identify the weaknesses. It’s important to know both.

Pete D. Louden

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