Fighting for custody of your children is often a lengthy battle. You have to be prepared to handle a litany of issues throughout the process. The more you prepare for this, the better you are likely to fare.
One of the first things to know is that there is usually a presumption that the children are better off if they have a meaningful relationship with both parents. This doesn’t mean that you can’t seek full custody, but it does mean that you have to be prepared to share the children with your ex.
As you go through the child custody battle, you must always remain fully honest and on-track. The court likely doesn’t want to hear about what went wrong between you and your ex unless it impacts the children. Mentioning things in order to try to damage your ex could end up harming your own case if those points don’t have anything to do with the kids.
You shouldn’t ever drag the children into the middle of these contentious matters. You and your ex should handle them privately. Kids are likely going to feel stressed if they have to get in between their parents. For this reason, avoid using them as messengers.
Once the court issues the custody order, you are bound by it. You can’t decide to not follow a court order. Breaching the terms can lead to legal consequences. This could mean that you face serious ramifications that could have been avoided if you had remained compliant.
Your children’s best interests are the sole focus of the child custody case. This is what the court considers when it makes decisions in these cases.