If you are in the process of divorce and child custody determinations, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped. Many parents have no prior experience with the child custody issues in New Jersey. For that reason, there are common “pitfalls” to avoid that can help ensure a successful child custody outcome for you and your child.
Failing to Be Prepared for a Child Custody Dispute
Being unprepared is the number one factor that can jeopardize your custody case. “Gather your thoughts” so you can provide your New Jersey child custody attorney with the specific facts of your situation. All relevant information should be given to your attorney in writing, in a concise and comprehensive manner.
Consider carefully the witnesses you’d like to testify on your behalf. Personally examine all documents that are submitted to the court to ensure they are accurate. Your credibility as a person and a parent is at stake.
Lastly, it is important to mentally prepare for hearings before a mediator or family law judge so that you are able to provide all relevant detailed information to support your child custody case. It is understandable that divorce and child custody proceedings can be stressful and emotional, but this is the time to present yourself as a responsible, well-equipped parent, able to deal with the sometimes uncertain, and often chaotic, circumstances of raising a child. Armed with thorough, organized information, and a client who can proceed with self-control and confidence, your child custody attorney can advocate most effectively for you and your child’s best interests.
Failing to Protect Your Custody Rights During Child Custody Negotiations
You may enter into custody negotiations with the belief that your ex-spouse will be reasonable. Unfortunately, this can have a detrimental effect on the outcome of your child custody determination. The reality of child custody negotiations is both parents are facing losing time with their child. Therefore, what is in the “best interest of the child” will be influenced based on each parent’s perception and custody goals.
Protect yourself when negotiating and interacting with your ex-spouse. It’s always a good idea to be respectful and levelheaded as you will continue to be co-parents. But be sensible, and protect your custody rights during negotiations. Getting your custody attorney involved at the very start of discussions will ensure that your rights are protected and preserved.
Once again, be careful not to become too emotional during the custody proceedings. Logical thinking and a cool head should prevail when working with your custody attorney and with the Family Court. You will be working toward a more favorable outcome for yourself and your child if you focus on keeping your emotions under control.
New Jersey Custody Lawyer Works Diligently to Obtain Favorable Custody Determinations
The Cherry Hill custody attorneys, Chairman of Cooper Levenson’s Family Law Practice Group represent individuals going through divorce and custody proceedings throughout New Jersey. Attorney has negotiated countless successful child custody agreements, and when necessary has protected his clients’ child custody rights in Family Court. Having a skilled child custody lawyer to represent you is critical to a positive outcome for you and your children. With offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we are conveniently located in the South Jersey area to represent clients throughout the state including in Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, Cumberland County, Salem County, Atlantic County and Cape May County. For more information about New Jersey child custody call our office today at 856-857-5526 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.