Although couples marry with the idea that it’s going to last forever, this isn’t always the case. In the United States, about 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.
Unfortunately, some of these broken marriages have to deal with custody battles.
If you’re dealing with a custody battle, it’s easy to make mistakes that could jeopardize your visitation rights.
We’ve put together a list of custody battle tips to help you in the process.
1. Be Willing to Cooperate With Your Ex
No matter what side you’re on, showing an unwillingness to work with your ex will only hurt you in the long run.
Even if you don’t want to work with your ex, doing so will demonstrate you’re only looking out for the well being of your child. A judge will be more sympathetic if both parties are willing to work together.
2. Perception is Important
Even if you love and care for your child, perception is everything to the court. Don’t do anything that might show you as an unfit parent.
Make sure you keep your job, stay away from drugs or alcohol, show up to work on time, and always look presentable in court.
3. Do Your Homework
You’ll have a better chance in your custody battle if you prepare yourself. Make sure you learn all you can about family laws in your place of residence.
You should also begin to gather any necessary documentation you might need in court.
4. Try Not to Change Your Schedule
Your custody battle will go a lot smoother if you don’t mess with your visitation schedule.
If the judge sets a temporary visitation schedule, you should stick to it. Avoid asking your ex to switch out dates for your convenience. Also, try to show up on time and drop off your child at the time specified by the court.
5. Keep Your Children Out of It
No matter how ugly things get, you should always leave your children out of it. Nothing hurts children more than seeing their parents fight and seeing their family fall apart.
Make sure you never speak ill about your ex in front of your children and focus all of your energy on spending quality time with them.
6. Try to Settle out of Court
Going to court will be a long, expensive, and emotional process. If you can help it, you should always try to settle out of court.
Meet with your ex and try to come up with a custody agreement that will work for both of you and be amicable.
Get your lawyers involved if you both can’t be in the same room together.
7. Get a Custody Lawyer
Don’t try to go into a custody battle without a lawyer. A lawyer will counsel you so you can get the best outcome possible.
And most importantly, you’ll feel like there’s someone in your corner.
Try These Custody Battle Tips
Going through a custody battle is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. The best thing you can do is prepare with these custody battle tips.
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