Family & Divorce

3 Mistakes to Avoid with Child Custody

Child Custody

Child custody battles can be a tense and stressful time for all involved, and it’s easy to lose your cool when you’re faced with a particularly difficult situation. However, it’s important to remember to keep calm and collected because certain actions can negatively affect your child custody battle. It is easy to say don’t let your emotions get the better of you, but unfortunately it can happen. By knowing what to avoid doing or saying, it can help you keep control of the situation and handle it with dignity to get the outcome you want.

The way a child custody battle works is that a judge will consider actions and accounts from all parties involved, having no prior knowledge of the people concerned. This is an extremely difficult decision for the judge and as such they work alongside professionals who help to assess the case. Actions performed by parties during the battle can easily affect the decisions of the professionals involved and the following mistakes because of heightened emotions are some of the most common factors.

Disobeying temporary court orders

When a custody battle is taking place, a judge may place a temporary court order on one parent while decisions are being made. Sometimes the affected parent struggles with being away from their child/children and may break the rules of the order.

Actions like this may make a judge believe that the offending parent does not respect the authority of the court and may sway their decision. To ensure that the case goes smoothly, it is imperative to follow the rules of any orders to the letter.

Getting in trouble with the police

Heightened emotions can cause reckless behaviour, lashing out, and making poor judgement choices, all at a time when honest and level-headed actions are super important.

Any involvement with the law or the police will almost certainly be detrimental to any child custody case as it will provide the other parent with ammunition for the court. This is in any capacity, so extra care should be taken to ensure all parties involved remain law abiding citizens.

Venting online

By using social media, forums, and other websites to discuss the case, rant, let off steam or to discuss the other parent it can be perceivedas volatile and can provide ammunition for the case.

Online activities are never truly private and any communication or posts online can be used as evidence during a child custody battle. Keep your conversations private, avoid posting on social media about developments and absolutely do not discuss or slander other involved parties.

During a custody battle always remember that anything you do or say will be judged as to your ability and capability as a parent so act wisely and honestly.

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