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Common Mistakes to Avoid in a Child Custody Battle

Posted on in Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

kane county child custody lawyerChild custody disputes tend to be difficult for everyone involved. Parents who disagree about the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time can sometimes reach an agreement through family law mediation. Others negotiate an agreement through their lawyers. However, some parents simply cannot find a workable solution to child-related disputes. In some cases, avoiding the following mistakes can help you avoid making the situation worse than it already is.

Mistakes Parents Often Make During Child Custody Battles

When you are in the middle of a child custody battle, it is critical to think rationally and not allow your emotions to take over. Otherwise, you could make costly mistakes, like these:

  • Allowing your anger to take over - If you and your ex ended things on bad terms, you may feel a lot of anger and resentment towards him or her. While it is natural to go through these emotions, it is important not to lose your cool. If you get into a heated confrontation with your ex, it may negatively affect your child custody case. 

  • Making life changes that are not necessary - When you are in the middle of a child custody battle, it is best not to make any unnecessary changes to your life, like moving to a new town or getting into a serious romantic relationship. Your children need stability now more than ever, and a significant change can negatively affect them.

  • Not following through with the court’s requests - If you want to show the judge that you truly want custody of your kids, take the court’s requests seriously. For example, if the court has asked you to take a parenting class, it is important to honor the request. If you dismiss a request, the judge may not think you are truly committed to your children.

  • Frequently rescheduling visits with your children - Rescheduling visits with your children every once in a while may be necessary and the judge will usually understand. However, if you make a habit out of it, this can damage your credibility. The judge may even assume that you are just filing for custody to get back at the other parent.

Contact a Kane County Child Custody Attorney

An Aurora, IL child custody lawyer from the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. can help you with disputes related to parenting time, parental responsibilities, and more. We understand how stressful and complicated child custody disputes can be. We can protect your rights and guide you every step of the way. Call us at 630-409-8184 to schedule a confidential consultation.


Source:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/dos-and-donts-for-winning-child-custody-2998180

The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.

630-409-8184

1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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