Child custody battles can be emotionally draining and complex. While navigating this process, many people make mistakes that can affect the outcome.
Awareness of common errors can help you avoid these issues and work towards a favorable situation for your children.
Not prioritizing the children’s needs
The court’s primary concern is the well-being and best interests of the children. Any decisions you make should focus on what is best for them, not what is most convenient or desirable for you. Throughout the process, consider their emotional needs, such as stability and healthy relationships with both parents.
Refusing to cooperate
Despite personal differences, you must maintain a civil relationship for the sake of your children. Cooperation demonstrates your commitment to successful coparenting and supports your children’s happiness and stability. Remember, communication should always remain respectful and focused on the children’s needs.
Talking negatively about the other parent
Making negative comments about the other parent, especially in front of the children, can harm your child custody case. More importantly, it affects the children’s emotional well-being. The court looks unfavorably upon parents who try to alienate the children from the other parent or use them as pawns in their disputes.
Withholding visitation as leverage
Withholding visitation rights to punish the other parent can lead to legal repercussions. It can negatively impact your child’s well-being and your custody case. Both parents should stick to established visitation schedules unless they have legitimate safety concerns.
Failing to keep records
Make detailed notes about interactions, agreements and incidents related to child custody. Documentation provides essential evidence in custody disputes. It can also help ensure that all agreements are clear and enforceable.
Nearly 30% of children in Washington state live with just one parent. Avoiding these common mistakes can help smooth the child custody process.