When a marriage is over, one of the most difficult decisions a couple will have to make is regarding custody.
A child custody case can be difficult no matter the circumstances. That being said, it is important that you do not make things any harder for yourself by making mistakes that can hurt your case. Here are common mistakes parents need to avoid during the custody hearing.
Badmouthing the other parent
It is in your best interest that you keep the relationship between you and your child’s mother as civil as possible. Badmouthing your child’s mother to friends and family can gravely hurt your case should the matter come to the attention of the court. While you may want to trust them with your private rants, you are better off being safe than sorry.
Discussing the case on social media
Chances are you have one or two social media profiles. While you may be tempted to post your frustrations regarding your child custody case online, it is important to understand that this is unwise. Anything you post online can (and probably will) end up being displayed in court.
Turning your child into a messenger
Your relationship with your child’s other parent may not be at its best, and this is understandable. It may seem harmless asking a child to pass a simple message to their mother. However, in an adult situation, involving the child in a back-and-forth between you and your ex may be detrimental, especially when you are trying to prove that you are fit for co-parenting.
Divorce or separation that involves a child can be quite challenging. Find out how you can avoid pitfalls that can hurt your custody goals.