Separating from your spouse can be tricky enough, but matters become even more complex when you have a child. Both parents, as well as the court, will have the best interests of the child in mind. The problem is that all parties don’t necessarily agree on what is best for them.
How you conduct yourself during custody proceedings is important. The court will be looking at all available evidence to get a clearer picture of your parenting abilities and the needs of the child. It is important to try and leave personal disputes between you and your spouse to one side. Even a simple error in judgment can greatly impact your custody case.
You can’t disobey court orders
Your spouse’s conduct as a partner may have led you to believe that they are not fit to parent your child. However, it is important to separate the issues you had during your relationship from their parenting ability. Being a bad partner doesn’t necessarily equate to being a bad parent. Generally, the court prefers that both parents have an active role in the upbringing of a child. Unless there are extreme circumstances that could place the child in danger, this is something you are going to have to accept.
Your online footprint matters
Many people utilize social media to vent their problems to friends. The problem is that you most likely have many people on your friends list who aren’t friends at all. In fact, they may be closer with your spouse than they are to you. This means that any negative comments about your spouse could get back to them, and these can be brought up in court, which will reflect badly on you.
You also want to consider the type of example you are setting online. If you are partying all the time, the court may question your priorities in relation to being the best parent you can be.
Custody cases are challenging. However, with compromise, both you and your co-parent can make it work. If you feel that your custody rights are at risk, make sure you assess your legal options.