Going through a divorce is never easy. When you and your spouse have children, it can make the situation even more complicated. If your goal is to gain custody of your children, everything you say and do matters right now. Here are several actions that can harm your child custody case.
Posting the Wrong Things on Social Media
Many people use social media nowadays to stay in touch with their family and friends and share various aspects of their lives. When you’re in the middle of a child custody battle, however, you have to be more cautious about the type of content you post. Your ex’s lawyer may be lurking on your social media to find information to use against you. For example, if you post a photo of yourself drinking at a bar, the judge may think that you’re not a responsible parent or good role model for your children. Don’t post anything on social media that you don’t want shown in court.
Preventing Your Spouse from Contacting Your Kids
Even if you’re very angry with your ex, you shouldn’t try to stop him or her from contacting your children. This person is still your kids’ parent and deserves to communicate with them. Plus, the judge will frown upon this.
Showing Up Late to Visits with Your Kids
If you have a temporary custody arrangement, it’s important to show up to visits with your kids on time. If you’re constantly late to these visits, the judge may assume that your children aren’t your top priority. If something keeps you from arriving on time, be sure to let the other parent know as soon as possible.
Introducing a New Romantic Parent Your Children Too Soon
It’s understandable that you may want to get back into the dating world and meet someone new. However, you have to be careful about introducing a new romantic partner to your children too soon. They’re already going through a difficult time and meeting someone new may confuse them.
Taking a Trip with Your Kids Without Informing Your Ex
If you want to take your kids out of state, you must get permission from your ex first. If you take them on a trip without letting anyone know, the judge may view that as kidnapping, which can jeopardize your child custody case.