Divorce is messy enough. And that already tough situation can be made even more nerve wracking with the added stress of not knowing whether you’ll be awarded custody of your child or children. The difficulty of divorce can cause a person to act irrationally and in ways that can negatively affect their custody case.
In order to give yourself the best chance to win your custody battle, you should be aware that the court will evaluate your behavior as a whole throughout the proceedings. Below are some factors judges tend to look at when making a child-custody ruling with the child’s best interest in mind. It is important to understand these factors to avoid making mistakes that can cost you in the case.
- The length of time that the child has been under the actual care and control of any person other than a parent and the circumstances relevant to those instances
- The parent’s desired residence
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with parents, siblings, and any other person who might affect the child’s best interest
- The child’s adjustment to their home, school and community
- The willingness of each parent to respect the bond between the child and the other parent and to allow for a continuing relationship between the child and the other parent
- Evidence of allegation of spousal abuse
- Evidence or allegation of child abuse
- Whether either parent is required to register as a sex offender
- Whether a parent is residing with a person who is a required sex offender
- Whether a parent has been convicted of child abuse
- Whether a parent is residing with a person who has been convicted of child abuse
In reviewing the aforementioned list, keep in mind that children will often repeat stuff that they hear their parents say. Expect that your child will tell the other parent everything that they hear you say. Also be mindful of what your child says that relates to the other parent.
The opposing parent will not hesitate to point out any and all negative behavior that could help build their case against you. Behaving as though the judge is standing right next you throughout your custody battle could be the wisest thing you could do for yourself.
Recorded conversations are also common during custody battles and you should anticipate that the other parent is hiding a tape recorder on or near themselves when they interact with you in person or on the phone. Don’t get caught saying anything on tape that you wouldn’t want a judge to hear. Emails and text messages should also be kept clear of detrimental comments.
Winning a custody battle is never a guarantee, but avoiding certain mistakes can at least give you your best shot.
To learn more out child custody laws in Colorado, contact Rudy Reveles Law Firm. Lawyer Rudy Reveles is among the top child custody attorneys in Pueblo, CO. Mr. Reveles has a strong track record representing clients in custody battles. He will ensure you understand your rights and will fight aggressively on your behalf. Don’t wait to get quality representation; contact Rudy Reveles Law Firm now: 719-846-6566.