Primer on Child Custody Mistakes

There are a number of child custody mistakes that can have a detrimental effect on the parents seeking custody or on the children. Many of the mistakes amount to little more than common sense. This means that if the parents would not act as frequently on their emotions, they may find the outcome could be more in their favor.

For example, here are many child custody mistakes to avoid — and yes, someone has actually made these mistakes at one time or another.

  • Avoid discussing the case on social media. Discussing how much you dislike the fact that your child’s other parent will have visitation is not a wise undertaking. In fact, posting on social media anything that someone could consider derogatory could make a judge look at you unfavorably. Avoiding social media altogether until the divorce decree is final is the best choice.
  • Do not send text alcohol or drug-fueled messages to your ex. You can end up saying things you can’t take back, but that your ex will be more than happy to show the judge.
  • Illegal drugs use is out. At any time during a Rhode Island child custody case, the judge may order either or both parents to submit to a drug test. A positive test could lead to supervised visitation.
  • Do not refuse to pay child support because the other parent would not let you see your child. Instead, contact your child custody attorney and get the matter before a judge.
  • Do not call the judge. Allow your attorney to advocate for you in court. It is not appropriate to call the judge or to write him or her a letter.

Play It Smart for Child Custody Rights

These are just a few of the mistakes that people can and have made when it comes to fighting for child custody. You hired your attorney to help you. Let him or she do so. If you have questions about whether to do something, ask your attorney.

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