16 Nov Do’s and Don’ts for Winning Child Custody Cases
The Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of child support cases, and know all the do’s and don’ts when addressing such a sensitive subject. If you’re facing a child custody case or thinking about modifying child support, make sure you have a qualified legal team on your side. The better your legal support, the better your odds of having a successful case and doing what’s best for your child.
The biggest “do” is working with your ex, the other parent. In some cases, a parent has lost custody because they refused to work as a team with their co-parent. However, do still exercise your rights as a parent. Everything you’ve been awarded by the court, such as visitation rights, should be wholly taken advantage of. Use this time to do normal, daily activities—not as an excuse to indulge them.
Child Custody “Do” List
Do remember that how things are perceived is highly important. This is especially critical in the midst of a child support case. Avoid getting drawn into “he said, she said” arguments, particularly in front of the judge. The most important thing is what the court and judge believes. Make sure you present yourself as a loving, reliable parent, which includes following the basics of how to dress in court.
Always document everything, particularly situations where you think your child wasn’t safe with the other parents. Record details of interactions, and keep in mind your co-parent might be doing the same thing. Learning about custody law in New Jersey can also be helpful, and is something your legal team can help you with.
Child Custody “Don’t” List
No matter what happens, never talk negatively about the other parent in front of your children. Stay neutral. Never arrive late for picking up your child or for visits. This can be documented and used against you in court. Try your best to avoid rescheduling, because it makes you look unprepared and perhaps uninterested in custody. Your ex may use this against you.
Don’t ignore what the court asks of you or go to extremes (such as making up stories) to win custody battles. Finally, don’t involve your children in the case. Keep details of negotiations to yourself.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom understands that facing a child custody or support case can be a nerve-wracking situation, and that’s why the local New Jersey team welcomes your call at (855) 208-3650.