In Texas, courts must make custody decisions with the best interest of your children in mind. Therefore, it is important to be aware of how your actions can help or hurt not only your case, but also your children.
At Laura Dale & Associates, our lawyers can help you learn the do’s and don’ts for visitation and custody cases. Call our office at 713-574-7952.
Visitation and custody disputes can be emotional and complex. That said, there are several things you can do to help your case progress smoothly, such as:
- Gather supporting evidence to show that you are the primary caregiver for the children.
- Put together a parenting plan that shows the court the amount of time your children will spend with each parent and who will make the decisions.
- Obey the orders of the court regarding temporary custody and visitation.
The most important thing that you can do is behave in ways that shows the judge your priority is your children.
There are also a few behaviors you should avoid during a custody dispute, as these can be detrimental to your case. These behaviors include the following:
- Never place your children in the middle of your custody dispute or use them for leverage.
- Don’t make threats against the other parent or argue with them in front of your children if you can avoid it.
- Avoid saying anything negative about the other parent to anyone around you as this could find its way to the judge.
Additionally, you should never miss a court hearing or other required appointment. Missing an appointment can send a message to the judge that you are not as devoted to your children as their other parent, which could have serious impact on the court’s final decision.
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Due to their emotional nature and unique circumstances, family law and divorce cases of all kinds are best represented by a firm with experience and demonstrated success. Our seasoned attorneys will not only help you understand the best practices for your scenario, but also build a strong case that can hold up in court.