“Given the foregoing, I am requesting that the court order the following: (1) The children reside with me every week on Mondays and Tuesday and every other weekend Friday through Sunday morning, 9am.; (2) Guideline (per the state guideline formula) child support; and (3) holiday and vacation time be shared equally pursuant to a schedule determined in mediation or as proposed in the attachment.
There are ways to make your declaration compelling without not so subtly hinting to the court that you are angry with your spouse.
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Judges want the declaration to be written by you and about you.
If they sense some third party wrote the declaration it won’t be seen as credible, authentic or persuasive.
While it’s not required, if you are attaching to an RFO, you’ll score big points if you write your declaration on numbered pleading paper.
Use 12-point font and easy-to-read, professional font (think: Times New Roman).
(But be sure to redact all but the last four digits of the account number).
Or, if your child is late to school every time your spouse takes her to school, attach school records indicating absences or late arrivals and the dates accompanying them. If your spouse claims that your children are unhappy or afraid of you (an extreme example, I know), attach recent photographs of your kids enjoying time with you.