If you are going through a divorce with kids involved, it will help to be more careful. The court will give orders that are in the child’s best interest. But what you do day to day may also be considered.
Below are five things to avoid during your child custody case.
Disrespecting the other parent
You and the other parent may have issues, but you should not disrespect them. Insulting them through calls, texts or social media may be used as evidence against you in court.
Disrespecting the existing order
The court will give a temporary child custody order to ensure the kids’ needs are met before the case is finalized. How you treat this order may determine the court’s final decision.
You should avoid excessive drinking during a child custody case, especially when you are with the kids. You want to be the parent who can meet your child’s needs, and substance abuse may make this impossible. If the other parent mentions this in court, you may lose custody.
An arrest record can hurt your child custody case. You should make responsible choices and avoid situations that may lead you to the wrong side of the law.
Lying to the court
Understandably, you may do anything to protect the relationship you have with your kids. But this does not mean lying to the court. Do not lie about the other parent or exaggerate matters. The court will thoroughly assess the evidence presented and witness statements, and if they find out you lied, you may lose the relationship you wanted to protect.
You should avoid these things during and after your child custody case. It will also help to get legal guidance to protect your interests.