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Mistakes to avoid in your child custody case

If you are in the midst of a child custody case with your ex-spouse, you may find it hard to focus on everything that is going on. Your former spouse may be challenging you every step of the way, making it hard for you to see and communicate with your kids. Besides having to adjust to your new relationship status, household and other divorce-related issues, you may be uncertain about how to resolve your child custody situation.

As tired and frustrated as you may feel, you should try to keep a clear head so you can avoid making mistakes that can hurt your case.

Letting your feelings rule

Your soon-to-be ex-spouse may be saying and doing all sorts of things to keep you from getting custody of or seeing your children. No matter how angry and frustrated you may feel about it, you must remember to keep your feelings in check. Do not display negative feelings or say negative things around your kids, especially about their other parent. Your children are still trying to deal with their emotions and cannot handle the additional burden of yours. If you need to vent, do it constructively when your children are not around.

Disregarding court orders

The courts may have requirements for you to meet before your divorce and child custody cases are settled. These stipulations may include you having to follow a shared custody agreement. No matter how much you disagree with the arrangement, you should never disobey court orders. You do have the option to look things over before agreeing to them to ensure that you can commit to them. If there are issues with the parenting time or visitation schedule, let the courts know so that your concerns are taken into consideration.

You may be focused on resolving your child custody disagreement quickly so you can move on with your life. But you need to remember that your kids must come first. If you are having trouble resolving your child custody dispute or you want to challenge a child custody agreement, you should speak to an attorney about your situation to learn more about your options.

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