If you are currently going through a child custody battle with your ex, you may feel stressed and overwhelmed. However, no matter how many emotions you may be feeling, it is important to remain calm. Otherwise, you could make mistakes that could jeopardize your custody case.
Here are some things that can harm your child custody case.
Canceling Visitations or Showing Up Late
If you have a temporary custody agreement, it’s important to take it seriously. Make an effort to go to all of your visitations and arrive on time. If you frequently cancel visitations or show up late, the judge may think that your children aren’t a top priority. However, if an emergency does come up in the future and you can’t make it to a visitation, let your ex know as soon as possible.
Talking Poorly About Your Ex in Front of Your Children
When you’re going through a divorce and custody battle, you may feel angry and upset with your ex. These are perfectly normal feelings. However, that doesn’t mean that you should badmouth your ex in front of your kids. Despite how you may feel about your ex now, he or she is still your children’s parent. If you say unflattering things about your ex in your kids’ presence, they may feel even more uncomfortable. The judge may also frown upon you badmouthing your kids’ other parent.
Starting a New Romantic Relationship
A common mistake the legal professionals at Winfrey Law Firm, PLLC see people making during a divorce is getting into a new relationship too soon. While you may be lonely and anxious to find someone new, it isn’t a good idea to start a new relationship too soon. It may be very difficult for your children. If the judge finds out that you have gotten into a new relationship, he or she may assume that you aren’t making your children your top priority.
Unless the other parent poses an immediate danger to your children, you shouldn’t withhold visitation. However, some parents may get angry at their ex for not paying child support and not allow him or her to see the children. This can actually make the situation worse. If you want to withhold visitation, you should bring it up to the court first.
Not Hiring a Lawyer
Child custody battles can include a lot of paperwork and court dates, which may be difficult to keep up with. That’s why it is in your best interest to hire an experienced family lawyer. Your lawyer can guide you through the entire process and give you sound legal advice.
Not Being Careful on Social Media
If you want to remain on social media during your child custody battle, you should be careful about what you post. The other side may be looking for information to use against you. Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want seen by a judge. For example, posting a photo of you drinking at a bar might make you appear like an irresponsible parent in court.