When divorcing parents decide to share custody of their children, they typically enter into a written agreement called a “child custody agreement.” Such a contract outlines child custody, such as visitation and parenting time, and summarizes specific rules that both parents must follow. However, sometimes disagreements arise, and the parents need to modify their child custody agreement.
Here we have listed tips on how to handle child custody dispute
Demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with your ex.
Remember that you will be on this team with your child’s other parent, and the court system prefers that you work together rather than separately. If you have any differences with your ex, ensure they don’t create any issues when it comes to your child.
Don’t ignore or be late for visitation.
Demonstrate good faith to the court by being punctual for child visitation as well as during any court hearing and ensure that your child’s other parent isn’t constantly complaining about something you usually have control over. There will be an issue if you are late, do not show up, or do not notify your ex of where/when/for how long you will be taking the children.
Do not reschedule visits with your children.
If you frequently reschedule visits, it’s a sign of instability; it’s a sign that you’re fighting for custody for the wrong reasons, such as control, vengeance, or money because you don’t want to pay child support.
Avoid putting your children in the middle.
Things aren’t going to be pretty if you’re fighting for custody, but don’t put your children in the middle because it doesn’t show stability and parenthood qualities.
Allow the other parent to put their children in the middle.
It is very easy for a cross-examining attorney or a vengeful ex to try to make you look bad in front of your children. The judge will see right through this, but it’s easy to limit the damage when your children are arguing back and forth; they’re hearing a lot more than what is actually said.
Employ negative tactics against the other parent.
Don’t partake in any illegal activities and don’t ignore the negative things your ex has been convicted of or done in the past. This could include drugs, theft, DUIs, and so on. All of this information could help your case and make your ex look bad, especially if you have pictures or police reports.
Be considerate of the other parent.
Even when things are at their worst, this is something that must be done. Don’t use dirty tactics, don’t speak negatively about your ex, and avoid anything that would make you look bad in court or portray yourself as a bitter person who has no control over yourself.
Take a stand for yourself.
Many people advise you not to attack your ex because they will use it against you, but if you have a strong case, inform the judges. The judge will not be scared of your tough truth; do not back down and let them walk all over you.
Teach your children to be considerate of others.
If you do this, you are passing up an excellent opportunity to teach your children important life lessons, such as treating others with kindness and respect even when things are not going well.
To gain public support, use social media sites and your blog.
This is an excellent way to demonstrate to the courts that you have widespread support and are acting in the best interests of your children.
If things aren’t going well, don’t give up; keep fighting until the end.
Children require two parents, not just one. If you’re winning, don’t give up at the end thinking the battle is over; it isn’t until a judge says it is.
To modify a child custody agreement, both parents must seek court approval. If both parents agree to the change, they can submit a form to the court and ask for the modification to be approved. If both parents do not agree, then they may have to submit the modification petition to the court. Whatever the case, always think in your child’s best interest. If nothing else, you will gain unconditional love from your child.