When you go through divorce, one of your main concerns is maintaining custody of your child. Interestingly, there are some things you could do that put that goal at risk.
What kinds of things make a court believe you're a bad parent or that you shouldn't have primary custody? Here are a few factors that could hurt your rights as a parent.
You react negatively to the estimated cost of raising a child
The goal of a court when determining child support is to show how much a child needs to be raised, on average, in a two-parent home within your range of income. If you scoff at the amount being asked of you because you think that your child should be raised cheaper, the court may question your motives for your child and if you're truly thinking about your child's best interests.
You can't tell the court important, detailed information about your child's life
Can't remember your child's teacher's name? Did you forget his best friend's name? What about the date of an upcoming, and important, school graduation? If you don't know important facts about your child or your child's life, it may be hard to convince the court that you actively participate in your child's life.
You use your child as a weapon
No court looks kindly on someone who uses a child as a weapon. Never think of your child as a prize to be won or as a pawn to be used against your ex.
These are a few things you should avoid doing if you want to obtain custody. Keep in mind that the court wants you to put your child first. Do so, and your integrity and honesty will show. Our website has more on this important topic.