What Not To Do During Your California Child Custody Battle: Part I
People in Southern California custody battles make choices every day that help determine the outcome of their case. In the first part of this three part series, let’s talk about things you should and shouldn’t do if you are involved in a custody battle for your children.
- Don’t hire an inexperienced attorney or represent yourself- you need to hire an expert lawyer who is also a certified family law specialist.
- Don’t have a pattern of absences from your children’s life. Make the effort to show up for parent teacher conferences, your child’s performance or sporting events, and other important events in the life of your children.
- Don’t be careless in your choice of babysitters or caregivers for your children and don’t let your children spend excessive amounts of time with babysitters while they are supposed to be in your care.
- Don’t engage in tactics that could constitute parental alienation. If your ex‐spouse is truly a bad or dangerous parent, you won’t need to manipulate the situation for the court to come to see that.
- Don’t fail to document the important things. Keep a detailed diary of any events that might matter in your custody case, with supporting documentation where possible.
- Don’t be oblivious to the other adults who matter in your children’s life, and make sure you go the extra mile to make a good impression with your children’s teachers, friend’s parents, coaches, clergy, doctors, etc.
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