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Avoid these mistakes during your child custody case

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2024 | Family Law

When a minor child’s parents divorce, the most contentious part of that divorce may be determining child custody arrangements. Emotions run high, and losing sight of what’s essential is easy.

In times like these, it’s easy to make a mistake that could impact the outcome of your case.

Here are some common pitfalls to avoid if you’re facing this consequential situation.

Not considering your child’s best interest

Some parents become so focused on winning the battle that they lose sight of what is best for their child. You can avoid this mistake by not letting your emotions cloud your judgment and keeping your child’s welfare at the heart of all decisions.

Ignoring or violating court orders

Neglecting to follow visitation schedules, child support payments or other stipulations outlined by the court can have a negative impact in the eyes of the court.

Bad-mouthing a child’s other parent

No matter how you feel about your child’s other parent, it’s important to remember they are the parent of your child. Speaking disrespectfully about them makes your child uncomfortable, and the court could see it as an attempt to manipulate your child’s feelings.

Withholding visitation as a punishment

Unless there’s a safety concern, withholding visitation can be viewed as interference in the child’s relationship with the other parent, and it can significantly harm your case.

Being unwilling to compromise

While it’s normal to want everything to go your way, it’s important to remember that compromise is often necessary in child custody cases. Refusal to do so can make you seem unreasonable and stubborn in the eyes of the court.

Child custody cases can be complex and emotionally draining. Having a skilled legal team guide you through the process can make a significant difference and help protect you and your child’s best interests as you move forward.