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5 Mistakes to Avoid During a Child Custody Case

5 Mistakes to Avoid During a Child Custody Case

April 29, 2021
By Edward Miley

How Your Actions and Decisions Can Affect Your Custodial Rights

A child custody proceeding can be difficult, emotionally charged, and often contested. While the court aims to determine what is in the best interest of the child, each parent may have a different opinion about what that means. A parent’s decisions during a child custody case can affect whether they are awarded custody and any visitation arrangements.

At the Miley Law Firm, we understand how challenging a child custody situation can be for any parent. We are here to advocate on your behalf, always giving your case the dedicated, personalized attention it deserves. Call our office today at (702) 850-3600 for a free consultation regarding your child custody situation in Las Vegas.

  1. Failing to Obey a Court Order

One of the most common mistakes people make during a child custody case is failing to obey a court order. Violating the terms of any order issued by a judge can be detrimental to your case affecting your custodial rights or your visitations.

Common examples of court orders that must be obeyed:

  • Paying child support
  • Supervised visitations
  • Undergoing a custody or mental health evaluation
  • Compulsory attendance at a parenting class
  • Not taking children out of the state without permission
  1. Unwillingness to Work With the Other Parent

It may be difficult, but it is imperative that you express a willingness to work with the other parent during a child custody dispute. Make sure that all of your correspondence is amicable. A threatening text or negative social media post can leave you in hot water. Remember, never let your feelings for the other parent affect what’s in the best interest of your child. 

  1. Being Late or Missing Visitations

Always be sure that you are staying actively involved in your child’s life. Do not be late for pick-ups or drop-offs, and never miss scheduled visitations unless it is an emergency. Keep communications with the other parent straightforward and clear-cut. Leave emotion, frustration, and anger out of it and focus on the time you get to spend with your child.

  1. Exhibiting Poor Choices

During a child custody case, you never want to display signs that you may be an unfit parent. A social media post of you drinking can quickly be taken out of context and used against you at a hearing. 

Any indication of drug or alcohol abuse could prevent you from receiving custody. At a minimum, the judge may ask you to undergo a substance use disorder evaluation. The same is true if there is evidence that you may have a mental health disorder. Always use good judgment and make choices based on what may affect your future with your children. 

  1. Not Obtaining Legal Representation

Because child custody matters are often disputed, it is essential that you have legal representation. A lawyer can help provide you the guidance and support you need to protect your parental rights and make informed decisions. 

Contact the Miley Law Firm for a Free Consultation

If you are facing a child custody dispute in Las Vegas or the surrounding area, contact the Miley Law Firm today for a free consultation. Our attorneys will help you to establish fair custody and visitation arrangements that protect your rights and promote what is in the best interest of your child. Call (702) 850-3600 to discuss your legal options.

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