On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
Divorce is never enjoyable, especially if you have to deal with a quarrelsome spouse. Things can get messier when children are involved. Both parents want to keep the children and will do everything they can to prove one of the divorcing parties is unfit for custody. If you and your former spouse can’t agree on important divorce aspects such as child custody, you should contact a Fort Lauderdale child custody attorney to help you determine the best course of action. Some things could cause you lose custody and you need to be prepared.
Disciplining your children
Whiles discipline is an important part of parenting, some forms of punishment are considered child abuse. Remember that one mistake can ruin your chances of getting the custody of your children. If you punish your child, you may want to take a step back and see how it might affect your relationship with your child and custody case. Even rebuking your child can be used against you in court.
It is common for married couples to argue, especially if they have been together for a long time. Divorcing couples can get very emotional and have constant heated arguments, which can lead to physical and verbal violence. If you can’t control yourself, it is best you avoid any contentious arguments with your ex. Domestic abuse could be sufficient grounds for the judge to deny your custody rights.
Taking the children without notifying your former spouse
Some parents may wish to spend more time with their children so they decide to take a child on a vacation without first consulting the other parent. As innocent as it may seem, taking your children without telling your ex can be considered kidnapping. While it can be frustrating asking your ex, remember successful co-parenting can open many doors.
Accusing your ex
This is not a good approach and it will definitely break your custody case. If you accuse your former spouse, the court may think you are not a stable person to raise your children. Also, if your former spouse accuses you and the court finds out the allegations are true, you may not get custody unless you hire an experienced Lauderdale child custody attorney to prove otherwise.
A history of drug abuse can also break your custody case. Most cases of child abuse involve substance abuse. Whether you smoke or do drugs, you might not be granted custody if the court finds out. Even if you are no longer doing drugs, make sure you take down any questionable photos from social media.
It is important you learn about the things that keep you from gaining custody of your children and contact a family law attorney in Fort Lauderdale familiar with this area of law. Sometimes evidence can make or break your case. We can help you demonstrate the judge that you are a responsible parent, involved in raising your children, therefore you should have the same custody rights as your former spouse.