You want what is best for your children, but one foolish mistake could disrupt the good relationship you thought you had with them.
When you are in a child custody battle, you must keep your wits about you. Here are four mistakes you should never make when the future you hope for with your children is on the line.
1. Refusing to communicate
You and your ex may have an acrimonious relationship, but you cannot let that interfere with communication regarding your children or with your co-parenting responsibilities. You want the court to see you as a reasonable person who is amenable to working with the other parent to promote and maintain the best overall environment for raising your kids.
2. Being arrested
Even if a judge does not convict you, the fact that law enforcement arrested you on suspicion of DUI, or for possible domestic abuse, will not sit well with the judge in charge of your child custody case. Do not drink and drive, do not use illegal substances and do not engage in any kind of domestic violence.
3. Making social media mistakes
Be smart about anything you post on social media sites. For example, do not put up a picture in which you are chugging a beer. Do not write anything derogatory about your ex. Remember that you are in a child custody battle, so be careful how you portray yourself and give your opinions online. Remember that postings are public. Your spouse, the opposing attorney and even the judge can access the information you provide.
4. Disobeying orders
If divorce is on the horizon, the court may have issued interim orders that address subjects such as how much time you have with your children and what kind of decision-making abilities are in place for you and your ex. Disobeying orders from the court can involve something as seemingly inconsequential as being late to drop off the kids when it is time for them to visit the other parent. Like the other errors mentioned, this one is avoidable. Think before you act, because one slip may have a detrimental effect on the way the court responds to you during the custody battle for your children.