child custody advice
09/19/14 Filed in: child custody mistakes
Many people involved in a dispute involving their children want to know, “How do I win a child custody case?” or “How do I get visitation rights?” But, sometimes, knowing what not to do can be even more important than knowing what to do. Fighting for custody or visitation of your child can be one of the most contentious and emotionally taxing times in a person’s life. Because of this, it is easy to get caught up in the emotional turmoil and make mistakes that you would not normally make. Even worse, these mistakes can cost you the most precious thing in your life – time with your child or children. Here is our list of mistakes to avoid during a child custody case.
1. Breaking the law
One major mistake that the other parent can use against you in court is an arrest or worse, a conviction. Avoid situations that put you in danger of breaking the law. For example, limit your drinks at the party, or better yet, don’t drink at all. An arrest for DUI, assault, or any other of the bad decisions that sometimes accompany alcohol will absolutely hurt your chances of getting custody.
2. Maintaining a presence on social media
Social media – such as Facebook – is a big part of many people’s lives, and it may have its benefits. However, there is virtually no benefit to posting anything on the Internet about your life while you are in a custody battle. More often than not, most of the dirt that an ex-spouse finds on the other parent is on his or her own Facebook page. The best thing to do is delete all social media, especially any type of dating application, from your life during this period.
3. Moving in with someone
Your child’s life is being disrupted a great deal already, and any extra change can be very upsetting for the child (as well as for the other spouse). The judge will be looking at the living situation at your home and how it affects the child. A new significant other or even a roommate is often seen as an unnecessary and possibly threatening addition to the child’s life.