How to write a character affidavit for child custody

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How to write a character affidavit for child custody
Well-written character affidavits can influence which parent retains custody of the children in a divorce. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Child custody battles change lives. Character affidavits are an essential component of the information the court uses to decide the child custody case. It is not enough for the court to know how someone functions in the workplace. Character affidavits must be provided by family or close friends as well, so that the court can determine the character of the person at home.

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  1. 1

    Use a standard professional greeting, such as "To whom it may concern."

  2. 2

    Explain your relationship with the parent in the first paragraph.

  3. 3

    Describe the personality and character of the parent. Specifically address the parent's parenting method and attitude toward the child or children in question.

  4. 4

    Include short, relevant anecdotal evidence of the parent's devotion to his children.

  5. 5

    Ensure the judge of your trust of the parent. For example, state that you have left your children in the parent's care.

  6. 6

    Close with a short, succinct statement of support. For example, "Granting custody to (parent's name) is in the best interest of the child."

  7. 7

    Print and sign the letter.

Tips and warnings

  • Letters that are typed are more easily read. Do not write the letter by hand unless absolutely necessary.
  • Be honest.
  • Avoid writing a letter if you are in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with the parent. Judges will recognise the bias.
  • Choose words carefully. Generally avoid phrases like "except for," "in spite of," or "even though." These generally imply that the next information is negative.

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