If you are in a custody battle, you clearly love your child, but that doesn’t mean you are going to get the custody you want. The Court will consider what is in the best interest of the child by looking at several factors. To better prepare yourself in a custody battle, there are several things you should not do.

  1. Don’t Fight With the Other Parent
    • Never get physical. If the other parent gets physical, then call the police.
    • Do not argue or yell at the other parent.
  2. Don’t Alienate Your Child
    • Do not talk badly to your child about the other parent. We all get frustrated sometimes, but this can make your child feel alienated and confused
  3. Don’t Break A Court Order
    • If the child is scheduled to visit with the other parent, then let that child visit.
    • If you are ordered to pay child support, pay it. If not, you can be held in contempt of court.
  4. Don’t Dress Casual to Court Appearances
    • Do not dress like you are going to the gym or to hang out with friends when you go to court. You will make a better impression if you are dressed in appropriate court attire. This can be a suit, a dress, khakis and a nice buttoned up shirt.
  5. Do Not Just Hire Any Attorney
    • Look at someone who specializes in family law to work on your case. Make sure you feel comfortable with that attorney.