A child custody battle is probably the last position a person wants to find themselves in if they’re going through a divorce. Although this is a process most don’t want to resort to, sometimes it is the only way to settle things between two parents who cannot come to an agreement on a parenting plan. Below are four things you should know about a child custody battle in order to prepare for what’s ahead if you think you’ll find yourself in this situation.
Social Media Can and Will be Used Against You
When it comes to matters such as a custody battle, it’s important to keep things private. While this may sound obvious, you’d be surprised by the number of people who get into trouble because of their online habits. Many are tempted to share something on social media that can ultimately get them into trouble.
Since social media is a public platform, the things you post, or that are posted involving you, can be used against you in a child custody battle. Keep this in mind before you speak negatively about the situation, have a picture posted with alcohol or where you appear intoxicated, say negative things about your significant other, etc. These can make a person look unfit for alone time with their child.
Strictly Follow The Court Ordered Agreement of Temporary Custody
When it comes to a court-ordered agreement before a trial, be sure that you’re strictly following the rules of the temporary parenting plan. The court hearing could be affected if one of the parents hasn’t been returning a child on the right day or even at the right times. It could also be problematic if a child is taken outside of the state during this time period. Not following the agreement before court would negatively impact the parent breaking the terms.
An Arrest on Your Record Looks Very Bad
An arrest can be used against a parent as a claim that they are unfit to see their children without supervision. Don’t assume that your previous record will stay hidden, especially if the divorce is messy. And whatever you do, avoid being arrested during the dispute.
Positive Communication With the Other Parent is Key
Although a divorce is happening and you’re not seeing eye to eye when it comes to parenting your child or children, it’s important that you are able to communicate well with the other parent. If you’re not doing so in a positive manner, or at all, it will be hard to reach an agreeable outcome. When a general consensus cannot be made, the parent who is causing communication issues or is refusing to cooperate will be given less of a say in the matter, or no say at all. This will not work out in this parent’s favor if they are hoping to get an adequate amount of parenting time.