Fighting for child custody may be among the least pleasant experiences it’s possible to have – many families emerge bitter and traumatized by the events. In the following article, Shane Kersh offers tips for avoiding contentious child custody fights, and discusses why vindictiveness will only cause irreparable damage in both the long and short terms. Shane Kersh is a family law attorney.
No one is perfect. We make honest mistakes, have errors in judgment, and even allow ourselves to succumb to our less-than-charitable emotions. However, when it comes to the custody of your children, it does not pay to be less than vigilant. Petty actions and poorly thought-out behaviors will not only cost you time with your kids, they may cause your children significant emotional harm. Here are a few custody case mistakes you should avoid.
- Broadcasting your dispute on social media. Although it may feel temporarily good to air your grievances on Facebook or Twitter, remember that your diatribe may wind up in court. Even if your settings are private, one of your followers can still take a screenshot and turn it over to your exes’ attorney.
- Engaging in custody disputes just to spite your ex. Don’t engage in a custody battle unless you have the best possible intentions for your child. Dragging out a custody fight longer than absolutely necessary isn’t just spiteful, it’s downright cruel to your kids.
- Attempting to turn your children against your ex. Trying to get your kids to dislike their other parent will make your custody fight harder, and it may make your kids resentful of you in the long run.
- Don’t allow a new boyfriend/girlfriend to cohabit with you during a custody battle. This is possibly the worst mistake you can make. The court could remove the child from your care if it is determined that your new squeeze creates an unstable home environment.
While some custody cases are highly complex, most disputes can be easily resolved if both parties just exercise good judgment and put the needs of the children first.
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