Communication – Foundation To Resolving Any Problem

 Working Towards A Common Goal

If you’re just starting out in your custody dispute with your ex, chances are you have a lot of questions about what you need to do and how to do it. One of the most frequently asked questions from parents trying to get custody or visitation of their child is “how are custody decisions made if both parents can’t get along?” or “what are my chances of getting custody of my child?”. Whatever your situation is, communication is going to be your saving grace. This is obviously easier said than done but how well you can get along with your ex has a huge impact on things. If you have similar questions or concerns about plunging into a custody battle in court, here are a couple things to keep in mind.

  • Nature of Your Association. Whether you’re married or unmarried makes a difference in your case. As a father, it can be more difficult to get custody of your son or daughter under certain circumstances than in others. For instance, If your baby was just born and you and the mother are not married, regardless of the circumstances of you and her no longer wanting to be together, although this is not uncommon for new parents, the odds of getting full custody are not stacked in your favor due to the child’s need for their mother at a young age. On the flip side this can be useful information for a new mothers having trouble with the father of their baby.
  • What Will The Judge Say? If you’re worried about the outcome of your case, try and step back and look at your situation from an outsider’s point of view. The judge will only see what’s in front of him or her and will make their decision, which will be in the child’s best interest, based on the facts. If you and the mother or father of the child have been married for a few years and you have both shown stability and responsibility in raising that child, it might be easier to get custody, at least joint custody, than if you had no relationship established with them or were not married to the mother very long.

Sometimes the hardest part for parents is to differentiate between their wants and what’s in the child’s best interest. It can be easy to mix up. As a parent you want the best for your child, if you’re upset with their mother or father, or are attempting to remove them from their life unnecessarily, for whatever reason, objectively this isn’t necessarily what’s best for them. It’s proven that children need both parents in their life to have a stable quality of life mentally and physically. If you have an attorney, or know an attorney, ask them or any other legal professional what your best option is in terms of a custody or visitation agreement. If you’re doing this without the aid of a lawyer, the best thing you can do is read up on other people’s experiences. Online forums or informational sites on family law can be great resources for people reaching out to the online community for help with a legal issue.

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