It is no secret that divorce can be a stressful undertaking, especially when children are involved. The legal aspects usually collide with the personal interests that triggered the dissolution of the marriage, and fights over who moves out with the kids can only complicate an already fragile situation.
Since child custody can involve strong emotions, it is important to appreciate that your actions will impact not only your child’s well-being but also the outcome of your custody case. Here are two mistakes you want to steer clear of while litigating your child custody case:
Family courts take the child’s best interests very seriously. As such, the judge will pay close attention to any incident that can jeopardize the child’s best interests both during and after the divorce. These include reported incidents of family or domestic violence as well as each parent’s mental health.
Under no circumstance should you give the court the impression that you are a danger to either the child or the other parent. Any unbecoming behavior will most certainly cast doubt on your ability to co-parent and, thus, hurt your custody case.
Posting too much online
There is a pretty good chance you have one or two social media profiles. And while you are free to post whatever you want (as long as it is legal, of course), you need to understand that your social media activity can make or break your custody case.
Do not talk about your child custody case online. Also, avoid posting content that can bring your co-parenting abilities into question. As a rule of thumb, you are better off avoiding social media altogether during these challenging times.
As a parent, you probably love your child and would move mountains for them. It is helpful to acquaint yourself with Minnesota child custody laws so you can avoid mistakes that can hurt your case.