When a child custody case is being heavily disputed, mistakes can cause substantial harm.
Common pitfalls include:
- Parent alienation and slander
- Unwillingness to cooperate with the other parent
- Being angry and losing control of your emotions
- Using corporal punishment to discipline your child
- Problematic alcohol and drug use
- Dating and getting involved in a new relationship
To succeed in child custody, it is imperative to make smart decisions to demonstrate you are a committed and involved parent early in the process and have a firm understanding of the factors which family court judges will take into consideration when determining child custody.
The following are helpful tips to avoid child custody disputes:
- Be actively involved in your child’s life. Demonstrating the extent and qualify for time with your child before a divorce is crucial. You must be able to show the court that you are significantly involved in your kid’s life by taking an active role in every aspect. If you have a young child, participate in feeding, bathing, reading, walking, napping and medical care. If you child is older, be involved in their education and extracurricular activities. It is best also to get to know their teachers, counselors, doctors, and coaches.
- Provide a stable, healthy environment. Having a safe and nurturing home shows that you are a responsible parent. Maintain a clean and clutter-free bedroom for your kid. Always provide regular and healthy meals, and don’t forget to keep track of your receipts from the grocery store.
- Always put your child first. Custody disputes can be emotionally overwhelming and highly contentious. However, maintaining self-control will only work in your favor. Always remain calm and composed every time you interact with the other parent. Always focus on the needs and well-being of the child.
- Be consistent and demonstrate dependability. Always be on time when it comes to your kid’s needs, such as picking them up and dropping them off to school. If the other parent is unreliable and often make, document these instances.
- Keep track of everything. Maintain a daily journal with accurate times and locations of events. Keep all communication between the other parent, such as text messages, e-mails, instant messages, and handwritten notes. In addition, keep track of bank records, pay stubs, and receipts.
- Promote involvement of the other parent. Demonstrate that you encourage contact and active involvement between the other parent and your child.