Ending a marriage is never an easy task. Even when Kentucky parents vow to work together for the sake of the children, negotiations can break down due to the difficulties in the relationship between them. Under these circumstances, they could end up going to court in order to resolve their child custody issues, and they may want to avoid certain behaviors and actions if they want to make a good impression.
One of the things courts hate to see is parents who spend their time badmouthing each other. Since the court’s focus is on the best interests of the children, the last thing they want to see is parents who spend their time trying to make each other look bad. Instead of focusing on what may or may not be wrong with the other parent, it would most likely be more beneficial to focus on his or her own parental abilities. They may also want to illustrate a willingness to communicate with the other parent, even if those communications focus solely on the children.
Courts also like to know that parents take their time with the children seriously. Consistently being late for custody exchanges and rescheduling visits will not win any favor with the court. No one can tell one parent how to feel about the other as a person, but speaking negatively in front of the children should be avoided. The courts do not want to hear that one party is effectively putting the children in the middle of their relationship issues by doing so.
The above are only some of the behaviors and actions that could jeopardize a Kentucky parent’s position with the court during a child custody hearing. Family law judges have most likely seen and heard it all. No matter how much a parent prepares for going to court, if his or her words and actions do not show that the children’s best interests are at the heart of a person’s argument for custody, the court will most likely know.