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Child Custody Mistakes to Avoid During Divorce


Child custody case outcomes can have a deep effect on a child’s future and the family’s dynamics. One small mistake could mean the difference between primary custody and supervised visitation.

Whether you are going through a divorce or disputing custody with the other parent, it is important that you understand your rights and how your case can impact your child. Know how to conduct yourself respectfully and with dignity during family law proceedings. Being aware of common custody mistakes and how to avoid them can help you make better choices in your case.

During a child custody case, make sure that you avoid doing the following:

  • Disobeying court orders: If there is a temporary court order in place, such as a temporary custody/support order or protection order, never violate the terms. Violating any type of court order can leave you with penalties and seriously damage your custody case.
  • Breaking the law: Getting arrested or being investigated for a crime can hurt your chances of getting custody, even if you have not been convicted yet. Judges will often evaluate a parent’s background when determining whether they are fit parents, and looking at one’s criminal past is something that can be taken into consideration.
  • Telling lies: The absolute worst thing you can do is lie to the judge and lie to your lawyer. When a judge finds you to be untruthful, this can destroy your credibility and possibly ruin your chances of gaining a favorable custody arrangement. If you lie to your lawyer, he/or will have a difficult time properly representing you.
  • Using social media recklessly: Social media is now becoming a popular source of evidence in divorce and custody cases. Every text you send or every post you make on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media platforms can be used against you. A simple social media post has the potential to turn into accusations of bad parenting. To avoid any issues, it is best that you refrain from posting anything until your divorce is over.
  • Shutting off communication: When parents break off communication with the other party, you may be showing the court that you are uncooperative and or emotionally unequipped to be a suitable parent. What you should instead do is maintain communication, stay calm, and keep a level head when making decisions.

Proven Family Law Advocacy for Parents & Families

Child custody cases can be emotional, complex, and challenging for all parties involved. At the Arnold Law Group, our goal is to make sure that your child is protected and shielded from the parent’s disputes. We understand how traumatic child custody cases can be on young children, and we work hard to help our clients find amicable and fair solutions that make sense. Through each phase of your case, you can turn to our Fresno divorce lawyers for trusted counsel and support.

If you would like to learn more about your rights during a custody case or if you need strong legal guidance, call our team at (559) 900-1263.

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