If you are currently in a custody arrangement or are about to enter into one, you need to know of the common mistakes others make so you can do everything possible to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes. Custody issues crop up all the time. It’s how you handle them and if you follow the court order that matters in the end.
One of the biggest mistakes made by parents involved in a custody arrangement is when they put the child in the middle of everything. Your child should never be used as a go-between, to ask questions of the other parent, to go on a fact-finding mission or to relay information between parents.
Failing to speak to the other parent is another common mistake. You likely don’t get along with the other parent for one reason or another, but you must speak to them. You have a big reason why: your children. Communication is key in this arrangement.
Never prevent the other parent of your child from seeing the child. Many parents do this to punish the other parent for something they said or did. You simply cannot do this. It likely goes against the arrangement issued by the court and can lead to serious consequences.
Oftentimes, a parent will try to get their child to feel sorry for them. Do not offer up any sob stories to your children. This is inappropriate and can lead to serious emotional and mental issues for your child.
Have you encountered any of the custody mistakes outlined today? How have you handled them? The best way to avoid these mistakes is to follow the custody arrangement to the letter, so you cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur.