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4 Things Your Attorney Wants You To Know About Custody Disputes

by Lewis Hamilton

Whether you're currently going through a divorce or will be in the near future, one fact remains: things can get very complicated when children are involved. If you and your soon-to-be ex have children together, you may end up in a dispute over child custody. If you do, the best thing you can do for yourself is to hire a divorce attorney. In addition to that, there are a few important tips you'll want to keep in mind to increase your chances of reaching a resolution you're happy with.

Keep It Off Social Media

One of the biggest mistakes divorcing parents make when going through a custody dispute is airing their grievances about the dispute or the divorce on social media. Unfortunately, you never know who could be sharing screenshots of your social media rants with your spouse, and this information can be used against you in your child custody hearings. In general, it's best to keep any thoughts regarding your divorce or custody dispute off all social media platforms.

Keep Everything Documented

Documentation can go a long way in making your case to a mediator or judge, so be sure to document instances where your spouse is late picking up the kids or otherwise does something that could be used to your advantage in court. When recording these instances, be sure to note the dates and times (when applicable), and save any screenshots you may have of text messages or other relevant correspondence.

Be Prepared to Compromise

You probably have a very clear idea of what you'd like to see as an outcome in your child custody dispute. However, it's important that you be prepared to compromise and understand that you likely will not get 100% of what you want out of the situation.

Remember What's Most important

Above all else, remember that you, your spouse, and the courts should all be working towards the same thing: coming up with a custody solution that is best for your child or children. In the heat of a divorce, it can be easy to overlook this, but it's important to keep your child's best interests in mind every step of the way.

These are just a few things to keep in mind when it comes to preparing for a child custody dispute. For more guidance, be sure to speak with your divorce attorney. If you don't have one yet, now is the time to schedule a consultation!