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Florida Custody Disputes and Behaviors to Avoid


An aspect of a divorce when there are children involved is navigating custody. Some parents are able to work together and build a parenting plan, but others find themselves involved in arguments over who will be the custodial parent. Like most other states in the US, Florida court’s primary consideration when it comes to child custody is the best interest of the child.

Whether your case goes to court or is able to be resolved through a mediation process or negotiation, avoiding certain behaviors that could negatively impact your case is recommended, doing so could be the difference between you obtaining your desired child custody arrangement or not. Port St. Lucie family law attorneys have witnessed the consequences of detrimental behaviors and can guide you away from activities that could hurt your long-term goals.

Making False Accusations and Failing to Communicate

A misstep parents make during a custody dispute is, intentionally or unintentionally, using their child as a weapon against the other parent. This can be done in several ways, including  bad-mouthing the other parent in front of the child, making false allegations, or attempting to manipulate the child’s emotions. These actions can harm the child’s emotional well-being and impact custody arrangements.

It is also important to remember that effective communication is key to successful co-parenting. While you may be upset with your child’s other parent for a variety of reasons, when it comes to discussing matters related to the kids it is crucial to avoid being confrontational or uncooperative. Many find it helpful to view the co-parenting relationship from a professional lens in order for decisions to be made effectively.

And as you move through the process of negotiating a custody arrangement and parenting plan, keep in mind that kids should not be informed of the details of the divorce or the ins and outs of your custody battle. Children are not adults, and they are equipped to handle mature issues. Sharing adult problems with young children can lead to emotional distress and confusion. To provide a supportive environment for young children, keep adult discussions private.

Connect with a Legal Professional

Attempting to navigate a custody dispute without legal representation can be risky. When you hire a skilled Florida divorce attorney, they will inform you of your rights, build a strong case, and negotiate custody terms more effectively. Talk to a Port St. Lucie family law attorney about how to increase your chances of reaching a favorable custody arrangement that promotes your child’s well-being and supports their growth in a loving and stable environment.

Are you fighting with your spouse about child custody now that the two of you have made the decision to divorce? To ensure the best possible outcome for you and your child, avoid detrimental behaviors that may negatively impact your case. Prioritize your child’s best interests, communicate effectively with your co-parent, and seek guidance from the legal team at Baginski, Brandt & Brandt in order to secure the post-divorce life you want. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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