When you divorce with your spouse, the last thing you want is keeping on meeting them. To cut all the communications with their former spouses, most people, work with their child custody attorney and try to get sole custody of their children. While some of them are successful, some fail due to many reasons.
Things can get you denied child custody
Your previous records: Have you ever been arrested before due to a simple thing such as DUI? Your former spouse can present it in court and use it to get your denied child custody. Your spouse together with his/her lawyer can use the arrest records to show that you are an irresponsible parent and you can’t be trusted.
Disobedience of temporary custody orders: Before the court gives issues a court order on who should have custody of the children, it often gives a temporary custody order. The court can order that both parents have custody of the children or give custody to one parent.
If the court has ruled that you share responsibility and you disobey the orders, you can be denied child custody. Most people make the mistake of returning the child out of the specified time. The parents with the custody of the child also move out without notifying the court, which is wrong.
If you do any of this, your former spouse, together with his/her divorce lawyer can use your record to show that you don’t respect the court order which will have a negative impact on your side.
Refusing to co-parent: As mentioned, above, when most people go to court, they want to be given sole custody of their children. For the betterment of the children, most courts are on the opinion that the parent should undertake co-parenting. This is where the parents share custody. If you insist that you don’t want co-parenting, the court can deny your application.
Tips on how to have a successful child custody case
The first thing you should do is to arm yourself with an experienced family lawyer. This is a professional who will guide you in your divorce journey. The professional will also bring you and your former spouse into agreement so that you avoid airing your dirty linen in public.
If you find yourself in court, you should honor all the court orders regardless of how minor they are. If the court orders you to have access to your child for only two hours a day, do so.