Mistake #1: Little Involvement in Your Child's LifeEspecially if your family is going through a divorce, it's important to be there for your kids. No matter what they are involved in, show up and show support for your little one. They are going through this new transition, just like you are, and it's vital to be there for them. Whether it's little league or another school activity, make an effort to be involved in your child's life.
Mistake #2: Negative Comments Toward Your SpouseDuring a divorce, you are likely not seeing eye to eye with your spouse. Don't let your children feel the negative effects of this. Keep your comments and feelings about your spouse to yourself or vent with another adult. It's inappropriate to force your feelings on your children - after all the other person you are talking about is their parent too!
Mistake #3: Turning to Drugs or AlcoholIt can be easy to turn to drugs or alcohol in order to cope with the new stress and changes in your life. If you would like your children to live with you, even partial custody, it's important to show that you can provide a stable place for them to live. Alcohol or drugs do not provide stability.
Stay in control of your anger or aggression at all times. While the stress builds and the pressure of the looming divorce may be weighing down on you, you have to keep your composure. This can help show that you are a stable figure in your child's life and a good influence on them. Don't let a moment of weakness jeopardize your custody dispute.
Mistake #5: Failing to Provide a Stable EnvironmentA loving and stable environment can help your children grow and thrive. A divorce can throw a wrench in that, but it's important to work toward providing the best place possible for your children. A child needs consistent love and it's important to show that you are capable of providing that for your kids, especially during a child custody dispute.
Now that you've seen some behaviors to avoid during a custody battle, you're ready to continue on with the divorce process. A loving environment should be offered when referring to your children and it's important to show that you can provide that for your kids. If you find yourself in a custody dispute with your spouse, contact our Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney today. Your initial consultation with us is always free!
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