If you are a parent going through a divorce, child custody proceedings will be one of the most important events of your life. The outcome will affect your relationship with your child, potentially for years. After a judge decides on a custody arrangement, it might take another trial to change the details.
According to Ohio Revised Code Section 3109.04, courts always make decisions based on the child’s best interests. Knowing this, here are some tips on what to do and avoid during child custody.
Do not lose your temper
Yelling is one of the worst mistakes you can make during custody trials. These will be trying times, but setting a precedent for losing your temper will only hurt your case. Even if you do not have a history of violence or emotional abuse, you should avoid public and private displays of emotion at all costs. Usually, a court will not allow recorded conversations to count as evidence. However, if you create a precedent for losing your temper, a court might allow an audio recording as evidence.
Do not begin another relationship
It may not be easy but putting your social life on hold during custody trials is probably in the child’s best interest. A court will not favor you moving in with a significant other. Your mental health is important but remain discreet about exposing your child to the next chapter in your life until after the proceedings.
The examination of your personal life and emotional outbursts might seem unfair. Remember that the court’s goal is to create the best situation for your child, and being on your best behavior will help accomplish that goal.