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Hello, I'm Karla Mitchell. Going through a legal case can be very expensive and challenging. I won't go into details, but I recently underwent my own legal battle that lasted several years. It is finally over and I successfully received a settlement, but I had to spend so much time studying law in order to play my role in my own court case. While I found a great attorney at one point, I felt completely lost initially and I don't want anyone else to experience the same thing. So I decided to create this blog for those who would like to know more about law.


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Child Custody: What Not To Do When Waiting For The Final Judgement

by Andrew Martin

Getting a divorce is difficult on a child. The best thing two parents can do is amicably work out an arrangement for custody that is fair to everyone involved. If you are unable to do that, the court will have to step in and do it for you. It can be difficult for an objective judge to get involved between two parents who are unhappy with each other and make an arrangement that everyone is happy with.

If you or your former spouse are placing blame or allegations on each other claiming that there is neglect or one is unfit, it can create some problems for the case. The judge will have to wade through any evidence that is provided by a custody battle attorney to support these claims. If either party does any of the following, it can result badly with regard to child custody:

Failing to Abide by Court Order

If you have been provided with a temporary order for custody, you must abide by it until the final arrangements are made. This is commonly used in courts until the case goes to trial. A temporary order can include items such as physical sharing of time of the kids, making payments for expenses related to the children, and who is to make decisions.

A major no-no is disobeying this temporary order. Not returning the children on time or taking them somewhere you should not are just two examples of what not to do. If you violate the court order, it could have an impact on the judge's decision regarding final custody arrangements.

Displaying Poor Judgement in Public

During divorce and custody proceedings, it is easy to get emotional. There is a need to vent frustrations out on anyone who will listen. It is also easy to get upset and commit actions you would not normally do. Although frustrated and upset, it is important to keep your cool as much as possible and reserve good judgement, especially when in public.

For instance, you do not want to blast your anger towards your ex-spouse on social media. You also do not want to post pictures of yourself in a poor state, such as under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Even if your settings are private, chances are word will get back to that person and they can bring it against you in court.

It is also important that you behave in public so that you do not bring attention to yourself from law enforcement. Getting arrested, whether it is for being drunk in public or disturbing the peace by going off on someone at the grocery store, can have a major impact on how the judge will see your disposition. This will definitely have an impact on your custody decision.