Custody cases can be stressful because there is so much at stake. These proceedings revolve around the happiness of your children and your parental rights.
While the courts in Florida generally rule in the best interests of the children, they will be monitoring your conduct during the case closely. This is to get a measure of the type of parent you have been and are likely to be in the future.
Outlined below are a few things you want to avoid during custody proceedings.
Disobeying any court orders
While matters are in court, it’s possible that the court may set a temporary custody order. You may not agree with the terms of this order, but it’s important to remember that it is temporary.
All custody orders, even temporary ones, are legally binding and failure to adhere to them could be deemed contempt of court. You cannot withhold visitation from the other parent unless there is an emergency.
Careless social media posts
You may think that your social media is private. However, the truth is that social media posts can crop up in custody proceedings. If you post negative comments about your spouse for example, these may be shared with the court. Also, if you post pictures of yourself partying with friends, these could be twisted as you being reckless as a parent.
Everything you do, including your online activities should be carefully considered during custody proceedings.
Thankfully, you don’t have to go through your custody case alone. Seek legal guidance to discuss your options in more detail.