Child custody cases often have life-changing effects on everyone involved. Deciding where and with whom a child will live are significant choices, and family law courts take them seriously. As a parent, you can be proactive and supportive by avoiding specific behaviors and actions throughout the custody case. Below, the family law attorney at The Law Office of Christopher J. Swatosh, in Ava, Missouri, explains what not do during a custody case.
What You Shouldn’t Do During a Child Custody Case
Lose Your Cool
In a child custody dispute, emotions are bound to run at an all-time high. With this in mind, go out of your way to stay calm, civil, and polite throughout the experience. Engaging in arguments with your ex or their attorney and refusing to compromise will only complicate an already complex process.
Show up Late to Visitations & Pickups
If the court has issued a temporary custody order or a defined visitation schedule, stick to it at all costs. Even showing up late to scheduled visitations or dropping your kids off passed the appointed time will reflect badly on your case. You want to demonstrate respect for the court’s decisions, so honor the terms of all orders they issue.
Put Your Kids in the Middle
You may be angry at your ex, but there is no reason to take it out on your children. Don't badmouth your ex in front of your children, force them to pick sides, or put them in the middle of your disputes. Kids going through a custody battle need all the support and stability you can provide. Be the bigger person and step up—not just because the courts are watching, but because it's the right thing to do.
If you're facing a child custody issue, let Christopher J. Swatosh, Attorney at Law, help you explore your options. Attorney Swatosh represents clients throughout Douglas County in family law, criminal defense, and personal injury cases. Call (417) 683-2987 or message him on Facebook to arrange a consultation with a custody and divorce attorney.