How to help yourself when you’re seeking child custody

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2021 | Child Custody |

Family law attorneys can do much to help when you are seeking more parenting time with your child, such as full custody. However, many parents ruin their chances of success in these cases by succumbing to emotions that cause them to act out.

Our lawyers know how much emotion plays a role in child custody cases. We have found that getting a handle on your feelings can make a big difference in the outcome of your situation.

What not to do when seeking custody

Avoiding the actions and behaviors discussed below can help you show the court why you deserve the custody award you want.

  • Never speak badly about your co-parent, especially if your children can hear the things you say.
  • Avoid drinking too much and living a party lifestyle as it could reflect poorly on your case.
  • Do not show up late or fail to show up for scheduled custody exchanges.
  • Never tell the court lies about your co-parent because the truth will almost certainly come to light at some point.

Engaging in the actions above could not only derail your attempts to get custody, but it could impact your current visitation schedule as well.

What you should do in your custody case

Now that you know a little about what not to do, it is time to learn some positive actions and behaviors that could help you acquire custody.

  • Spend as much time as possible with your children to show the court that you want to cultivate a loving parent/child relationship.
  • Remain open to working with your co-parent through the child custody process.
  • Ask the court if you can get a formal custody evaluation to prove that you and your home are fit for your children.
  • Consider seeking help from an attorney familiar with the challenges that arise in child custody matters.

Petitioning for custody in your case

The prospect of not getting to spend as much time as you’d like with your child can bring out negative emotions. You may find it helpful to learn more about legal options that you can pursue to avoid your Denver custody case becoming a contentious battle.