The responsibility of legal custody is great. If you are given legal custody, you will be responsible for making all of the decisions, such as health care, school, travel, and more, for your child, according to Texas law. Because of this responsibility, it is imperative to prove to the court that you have your child’s best interest at heart. As a divorce lawyer Tomball, TX families trust knows, during a child custody contest, it is important to avoid some of the more common mistakes that many parents make.
The family court judge will always make its decision in favor of the child’s best interest. As such, that decision is largely based on the stability of the parent’s physical, mental, and financial well-being. The court looks at the care that each parent is able to provide for the child, potential help from family members, which parent will be better equipped to ensure a safe home, as well as other criteria such as proximity to quality schools and the wishes of the child if the child is old enough to have an opinion. While there is no set guideline of what a parent should do leading up to and during a custody battle, an experienced Tomball, TX divorce lawyer from Winfrey Law Firm will provide invaluable guidance and legal counsel throughout the process.
Never Make False Statements
One common error that many parents make is exaggerating the truth about the past actions of the other parent or even fully lying. Whether a judge easily sees through these lies or not, it is never wise to tell tales of the other parent. Your intentions of defaming them may likely be all too obvious, but even worse, lying in court is perjury. Perjury can even be charged as a felony in some more extreme circumstances. Lying under oath will certainly go a long way towards losing your case.
Do Not Rush into a New Living Arrangement with Another Partner
The people you associate with, including any potential partners, have an impact on the court’s decision pertaining to child custody because they will inevitably have some influence on your child’s safety, health, emotional well-being, and quality of life and education. Often, these people are positive influences. Having close family members and friends may, in fact, boost the outcome of your hearing. However, by moving in with a partner, you risk losing your child custody battle because the new living arrangement may be frowned upon. What is their mental and criminal history? Does your partner have children as well, and will they be negative influences on your child in that new living situation? It may be that moving in with a new partner has no influence, or a positive influence on your child’s well-being, which is why it is wise to discuss the matter with your attorney and never rush into the decision.
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If you have are in the midst of a child custody battle or are in the early stages of divorce or separation, do not hesitate to call the Winfrey Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with a divorce lawyer Tomball, TX. Call our office today.