Legal matters pertaining to child custody and visitation are some of the most challenging for families to overcome. With tensions running high, it is easy to act impulsively, allowing your emotions to get the best of you in a delicate situation. To avoid many of the most preventable mistakes parents make during the divorce process, it is crucial to understand more about them. We put together a list of some of the most common child custody missteps that can potentially affect your chances of obtaining the arrangement you are seeking.
Understanding Common Child Custody Errors
One of the worst mistakes divorcing parents can make from the start is turning child custody into a heated legal battle from the start. If you can find a way to reach a mutually agreeable arrangement, it would be best for you and your children. You and your former spouse will continue to be in each other’s lives as co-parents, so working on your ability to cooperate and compromise now will help you in the future.
Here are some other mistakes you should avoid making during your child custody case:
- Not being involved enough in your children’s lives: During the divorce process, you will undoubtedly have a lot on your plate, which can make time management more challenging than ever. However, you should never shirk your parental duties or skip any opportunities to spend time with your children. Unless there is an emergency, try to avoid leaving your children with a babysitter. You need to prove to the court that you cherish every chance you have to see your kids.
- Being stubborn or hostile: One of the factors a judge considers when determining child custody is how supportive each parent is of the other’s relationship with the kids. You do not want to appear uncooperative or hostile toward your spouse or this will have a negative impact on your custody and parenting agreement.
- Not hiring an experienced legal advocate: Regardless of the details of your situation, you should hire a knowledgeable attorney to handle your case. Family law and child custody matter are complex and you might not fully understand your rights. An experienced attorney will help ensure you do not make any mistakes simply because you lack an understanding of the law or your rights.
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If you are vying for custody of your children, do not make the mistake of failing to hire skilled legal representation. At Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, our child custody team has the experience and determination to help you achieve your goals. We understand that this is a difficult time for you, which is why we are committed to providing high-quality representation and compassionate legal advice you need to effectively navigate this delicate situation.