Child custody disputes are some of the most emotionally charged legal matters most people will ever face. Given what is at stake, it is crucial to avoid making unnecessary mistakes that may jeopardize your chances of obtaining the custody arrangement you are seeking. We compiled a list of some of the most common mistakes you should avoid during this delicate process.
Common Preventable Child Custody Mistakes
One of the most important steps you can take as a parent at this time is to hire an experienced child custody attorney to represent your case and advise you every step of the way. It would also be helpful to familiarize yourself with the most common preventable mistakes, so you know what to watch out for.
Here are the most common child custody mistakes:
- Making negative remarks about your spouse in front of the children: If you have a lot of bad feelings about your spouse, it is crucial not to say any of it in front of your children, even if it is just within earshot. Badmouthing your spouse in front of the kids can potentially be seen as parental alienation, which a judge will not view favorably.
- Refusing to cooperate with your spouse: There is likely a lot of tension right now and cooperating with your spouse is probably the last thing you want to do, but it is essential to demonstrate to the judge that you are willing to work with your spouse and support the relationship the children have with their other parent.
- Not spending enough time with your children: You probably have a lot on your plate right now, but it is still crucial to always take advantage of your scheduled visitation unless there is an emergency. If you flake on your children now, it may impact the outcome of your case.
- Not trying to avoid a legal battle: Family law matters can get very contentious. It is best for you and your children if you try to avoid a legal battle instead of stoking the flames. Moreover, you will have an easier time moving forward as co-parents if you avoid a big blow out in court.
Reach Out to Our Family Law Team to Discuss Your Child Custody Case Today!
If you are in the middle of a child custody dispute, the family law team at Arnel Law Firm can provide the experienced and compassionate legal support you need to obtain the best results. Our team has more than 40 years of collective experience, which we will use to your advantage. With us on your side, you can rest assured your case will be in good hands.
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