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Child custody mistakes to avoid

On Behalf of | May 12, 2017 | Family Law |

Resolving child custody disputes can be an emotional and stressful time for both parents and children. Residents in Florida who are trying to address child custody legal issues should be aware of some common mistakes.

Parents should not let the other parent know about their legal strategy or what they will say in court. They should also be mindful to whom they speak to socially about the case. This can result in the weakening of one’s legal case.

The courts will make decisions regarding child custody based on what is in the best interest of the children, so parents should avoid focusing on how the other parent was failing as a spouse. Those who do so may appear vengeful, angry and unwilling to work with the ex for the benefit of the children.

Although child custody can be a very emotional issue, parents should be careful to not allow their feelings to dominate their decision making. They should make sure that they don’t allow pressure from others, such as family members, urge them into making choices that they may regret later. This can be avoided by resolving to always consult with one’s attorney before making a decision.

Parents should also avoid speaking for their children. In many states, if the children are of the right age and adequate maturity level, the family courts may consider their opinions in making the custody determinations.

Parents can get help addressing child custody and related legal issues by consulting with an attorney who practices family law. The attorney may evaluate a client’s case and advise them of the legal options that may help them achieve a successful outcome.