There are several mistakes divorcing parents should avoid making so that they do not jeopardize their chances of winning custody.
During child custody proceedings in Arizona, divorcing parents may either be awarded joint or sole custody. According to the American Bar Association, in sole custody arrangements, one parent makes major decisions about his or her children and cares for them most of the time. Comparatively, in joint custody arrangements parents can share physical parenting time and also have the authority to make major parenting decisions. To ensure parents are able to acquire access to their children once their divorce is finalized, there are several mistakes they should avoid making during custody proceedings.
Leaving behind digital evidence
According to The Huffington Post, text messages, photographs, negative emails, videos and voicemail recordings can all be used as harmful evidence during child custody proceedings. Divorcing parents should keep in mind that if they often send impulsive emails or communicate angrily with their former spouse using electronic devices, they could be at risk of losing custody.
Treating the other parent with disrespect
The Huffington Post states that in child custody cases, judges often favor parents who show that they support the relationships their children have with their other parent. To avoid losing custody, parents should refrain from negatively influencing the relationships their children have with their other parent. Additionally, they should try to cultivate a respectful relationship with their ex-spouse.
Exhibiting a lack of emotional control
Parents who desire to win primary physical custody or joint custody of their children should act with self-control and good judgment during custody proceedings. According to The Huffington Post, parents who cannot control their anger or who regularly lose emotional control are at a disadvantage. Additionally, parents who cannot control their emotions in front of their children’s teachers, their neighbors, social workers or anyone else involved with their child custody case may jeopardize their chances of winning custody.
Failing to participate in parenting activities
Parents who are the primary caretaker of their children are often at an advantage during child custody cases, states The Huffington Post. Parents should make sure that they are involved in their children’s daily lives by feeding them, bathing them, attending school events and participating in other parental activities.
Divorcing parents in Arizona seeking custody of their children may be extremely concerned about how the events surrounding their custody case could impact the amount of parenting time they are awarded. If you and your spouse are contemplating divorce, speak with an attorney to determine what you can do to protect the best interests of your children.