When a relationship ends, the question of child custody is often one of the most difficult to resolve. How do you ensure that the child has contact with both parents? Where should the child live? These are just some of the questions that come up during child custody proceedings.
In this blog post, we will discuss ten tips for dealing with child custody.
1. Have realistic expectations
The first step is to understand that the process will likely take longer than you want it to, and the outcome may not be exactly what you had hoped for. It's helpful to have realistic expectations going into a child custody battle.
Some things to keep in mind:
- The courts typically prefer that children have both parents in their lives
- It may not be possible to get 50/50 custody
- Your child's wishes will be taken into account, but they may not be the deciding factor
- The best interests of the child are always the top priority
2. Stay calm and civil
Staying calm and civil is the most important thing you can do during a custody battle. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the emotion of the situation, but it’s crucial to remember that this is about your child, not about you.
If you can keep your cool, it will go a long way towards helping your child through this tough time.
Remember to take deep breaths and remain collected and civil throughout the process. It may not be easy, but it’s vital for the sake of your child.
3. Cooperate with the other parent whenever possible
Custody battles can be contentious, but it’s essential to try and cooperate with the other parent whenever possible. After all, you both love your child and want what’s best for them.
If there’s something you can agree on, do your best to work together. It will make the process a lot easier for everyone involved.
Also remember, even though you may not be able to see eye-to-eye on everything, you can still try to be respectful of each other’s points of view. It’s not easy, but it’s important.
4. Joint custody is rarely granted in the beginning stages of proceedings
If you’re hoping for joint custody, it’s important to remember that it’s rarely granted in the beginning stages of proceedings. The court usually wants to see how the parents interact with each other and how they handle co-parenting before making a decision on joint custody.
If you’re set on joint custody, be prepared to put in the work to show the court that you can handle it. It’s not impossible, but it will take some effort. In the end, it’s worth it if you believe that joint custody is best for your child.
5. Custody arrangements are modifiable
Keep in mind that custody arrangements can be modified. If you find that the arrangement isn’t working for you or your child, you can always go back to court and ask for a change.
6. Your child's best interests should always be the top priority
Remember that your child’s best interests should always be the number one priority. This is what the court will be looking at when making a decision, so it’s critical to keep your child’s needs in mind throughout the process.
7. Find the right attorney
An attorney can also help you navigate the legal system, which can be confusing and overwhelming. In addition, an attorney can provide guidance on what to expect during the court process and how to best prepare for your case. Ultimately, having an experienced attorney by your side can give you the best chance of success in your child custody battle.
If you are facing a child custody battle, don't go it alone. Contact the Orshan, Spann & Fernandez-Mesa family law team today at (305) 853-9161 to discuss your options. With the right legal help, you can give yourself and your child the best outcome.