Custody issues are generally among the most contentious during divorce proceedings. Stress and emotions can run high, which can obstruct a person’s ability to make reasoned decisions.
While both parents and the court should have the best interests of the child in mind, they do not always agree on exactly what these are. In general, there is little benefit to parents getting into heated disputes. It is important to try to find ways to communicate and lessen animosity if possible.
It is also crucial to remember that child custody orders are legally binding. If a parent disagrees with them, this does not mean they do not have to honor the arrangement. Outlined below are some common errors that could jeopardize your custody rights. It is in your best interests to avoid these.
Badmouthing your co-parent
While you may wish to vent to someone about your ex, your child is not the best person to fulfill this role. Children are vulnerable, especially during a separation, and they could take negative comments to heart. Also, your behavior during visitations can find its way to the court. If you have managed to work with your spouse and you have both managed to put the interests of the child first, the court is more likely to be accommodating to changes in custody orders in the future. On the other hand, any negative interactions with your co-parent may be frowned upon.
Straying from custody orders
Custody orders are not mere advice that you can or cannot choose to follow. They are legally binding agreements that you are expected to follow rigidly. Any ongoing breach of custody orders may be deemed as showing contempt for the court, and the legal penalties for this can be severe.
Divorce can be difficult. However, if co-parents cooperate effectively then children are perfectly able to thrive under new circumstances. Remember, you have a number of legal rights at your disposal as a parent in Florida.