Nothing is more important than family and, if you have children, you love
and prioritize them above all else. As such, it is no wonder why issues
pertaining to child custody are some of the most sensitive and trying
legal matters divorcing spouses will ever face. However, it is crucial
to avoid letting your emotions get the better of you and rule over your
decision-making process at this time. Heed the advice of your family law
attorney and avoid acting impulsively. If a judge believes you are uncooperative
or unstable, it will undoubtedly affect your ability to obtain the
custody arrangement you are seeking.
Acting in the Best Interests of the Children
If you are fighting for child custody, a good rule of thumb is to be on
your best behavior and to remain engaged in your children’s lives.
It probably sounds like common sense, but given the vast array of emotions
you and your spouse are likely experiencing, mistakes can easily occur.
Unfortunately, even a seemingly minor error can have serious ramifications,
so it crucial to avoid them as best as you can. Familiarizing yourself
with these preventable missteps is one of the most proactive steps you
can take to avoid them.
Here are some preventable child custody mistakes you should be aware of:
Being an uncooperative or hostile co-parent: Divorcing parents often do not realize what a huge misstep it is to behave
hostile toward one another throughout the divorce process. Keep in mind,
however, that family courts believe the involvement of both parents serves
the best interests of the children. Therefore, if you are being uncooperative
or refusing to communicate, you will appear unsupportive of your co-parent’s
relationship with the children, which could severely impact your custody
case. You do not have to be best friends with your ex-spouse, but you
should be supportive of his or her relationship with the kids.
Making poor decisions on social media: People often treat social media as a safe haven for venting. Although
it is probably acceptable to complain about the final season of
Game of Thrones on Facebook, you can expect problems to arise in court if you choose to
badmouth your co-parent online. Basically, if you would not want your
words to be displayed in court, then you should not post it on social media.
Not being involved enough: If you want custody of your children, you must continue to remain as involved
as possible in their lives. If you have scheduled visitation with them,
do not cancel or pick them up late. If you appear unreliable, it will
hurt you in court. Additionally, if there is a temporary child support
order in place, you must comply with it even if you disagree with it.
Disobeying the court’s temporary orders is a surefire way to damage
Work with an Experienced Family Law Attorney Today!
If you are getting a
divorce and share children with your spouse, one of the issues you will face is
child custody. With The Law Firm of Wayne F. Crowe, Jr., P.C. on your
side, you will receive the sound legal advice you need to smoothly navigate
these sensitive legal matters.
Contact us today at (914) 752-5333 to schedule a free consultation.