Fighting for child custody after a separation is a stressful time for any parent. You may start to imagine the worst-case scenario and become worried about the possibility of losing the bond you share with your children.
The vast majority of parents are able to maintain a relationship with their children when they file for custody or visitation rights. Only if you are believed to pose a risk to your child will the courts consider removing your visitation rights. However, in order to protect yourself and avoid sabotaging your child custody battle, you should avoid certain practices.
Don’t engage in angry or aggressive behavior
When dealing with the frustrations of a break-up and a child custody battle, you may be inclined to yell or speak in an angry tone when conversing with your ex. You should avoid doing this because they may be able to use this as evidence to suggest that you pose a risk to your children. You should also remember that phone calls may be recorded and used as evidence.
Don’t have bad intentions when filing for custody
You should always think about what is best for your children when you are filing for child custody. Make sure that your intention is not to spite or get revenge on your ex.
Don’t criticize your ex
You may have ill feelings toward your ex, but you should avoid speaking badly about them to your children, family or caseworker.
If you want to maintain a relationship with your children after a separation, it is important that you take swift action to get the child custody ruling that you and your children deserve.