Not knowing how a child custody case will turn out can cause a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. As a parent, you likely want the best for your child and can't imagine them not getting to see you as much as they'd like. Our child custody lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips on how to present yourself as a good parent to the court in this week's blog. If you have any questions about your child custody case, please do not hesitate to give us a call for your free consultation. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached (573) 348-2211.
CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS.
If you are prone to impulsive outbursts, ranting or raving in person or over technology mediums, you are instantly jeopardizing your custody arrangement. Judges will not be lenient if they have evidence that you are a parent that regularly loses control of his/her anger and temperament. You will be at a disadvantage if you can be described as a loose cannon by friends, family and others in your social network. Going through divorce and custody issues in court is probably not a comfortable chain of events; however, you must be mindful of self-control.
BE SMART AND LISTEN TO YOUR LAWYER.
Your attorney is trained and experienced in providing the best legal advice and guidance to you. They have experience with the struggle you’re going through and should be an advocate by your side. They will advise you on matters of behavior and conduct, and it is critical that you follow their instruction. It can be hard to filter strong feelings, but for the sake of your child’s involvement, it is imperative and exactly what you need to do to avoid a reduction or additional stipulation on your custody agreement.
BE COOPERATIVE WITH YOUR EX.
Being friendly can sometimes be difficult when dealing with an ex, but keep in mind that judges often look favorable on parents who show a solid effort to have a temperate relationship with the other parent. If it is alleged that you are consistently critical and reproachful of the other parent through text messages, emails and/or through the child him/or herself, this behavior is negatively influencing the child and will be frowned upon in court. A change to your custody arrangement will almost certainly result if this is proved. You want to show the courts that you intend to support the other parent by adhering to an agreeable tone when discussing or dealing with the child and other parent.
BE PRESENT IN YOUR CHILD'S LIFE.
Are you aware of your child’s day care provider or teacher’s name? Have you been present at a doctor’s appointment or attended a sporting event your child is participating in? If your answer is, “No,” then you may need to consider prioritizing these moments in your life to avoid changes to your current custody arrangement.
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