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The Dos and Don’ts of Child Custody

If you and your spouse share children and are going through a divorce, one of the most difficult issues you will face is the matter of child custody. Parents love their children and the idea of suddenly not being able to see them often can be a frightening thought for many.

Give yourself the best possible chance of winning your child custody case and read the following dos and don’ts:

  • Do: Florida has two forms of Custody. Shared Parental responsibility and sole custody. There can be no time-share, supervised timeshare or usual periodic timeshare.
  • Do: Show that you are open to cooperating with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Family courts believe that it is in the best interest of a child if both parents are involved in his or her upbringing. However, if you seem uncooperative and unwilling to co-parent, you might not be awarded as much time with them as you would like.
  • Do: Were you granted Time-share rights with your children? If you were, make sure you exercise those rights and spend as much time as you can with them. You do not have to plan fun activities every time you see your children. In fact, it is best if you show some balance and stability in your life, so plan some regular activities, including trips to the grocery store, helping them with their homework, and more.
  • Do: Ask for an in-home custody evaluation, If your ex-spouse is trying to portray your home life in a negative light. This can be instrumental in proving otherwise.
  • Do: Always be aware that the things that are said about you matter and could have an impact on your child custody case, regardless if it is true or not. Although you cannot control what others say about you, you can present yourself as best as you can to the court to show that you are a good parent. Always be on time for your court appointments, dress well, and use proper courtroom etiquette.
  • Do: You are emotional Involved. This is not the sort of legal matter you want to handle on your own, so make sure you hire an experienced child custody attorney to represent you. It will likely make a major difference in the outcome of your case.
  • Don’t: No matter how much bad blood is between you and your spouse, it is crucial to avoid ever speaking negatively about him or her in front of your children. If you really need to vent, vent to a family member, close friend, or even a therapist. Otherwise, it will seem like you are trying to poison your children against your soon to be ex, which will not benefit you in court.
  • Don’t: Parents would do anything for their children, but one thing you should not do is lie about your spouse to harm his or her chances of obtaining custody. When the truth is discovered, your lies will only come back to haunt you and damage your chances of winning child custody and time-share.
  • Don’t: Court orders are to be obeyed, so by no means should you ever ignore or refuse them. If you were asked to seek counseling, do it. Now is not the time to be obstinate.
  • Don’t: If you have substance abuse problems, now is the time to get some help and stop using. Otherwise, the court might see you as a danger to your children. You need to ensure the court will not question your ability to provide a safe household for your kids and excessive drinking or illegal drug use will only do the contrary.

Consult with an Experienced Florida Child Custody Attorney Today!

Are you in the midst of a child custody dispute? You should not put off seeking knowledgeable legal representation to help you navigate this emotional and complex process. At the Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura in Florida, our team has been helping families field this difficult family law matter for more than 25 years and would be honored to assist you.

Begin your child custody case today and contact us at (954) 280-6119 to schedule a free case review with a member of our legal team.