Top 5 Child Custody Mistakes to Avoid


Child custody battles can be emotionally draining and financially taxing. As a parent, you want the best for your child, but sometimes, you might make mistakes that can jeopardize your chances of getting custody. In this blog post, we'll discuss the top 5 child custody mistakes to avoid, so you can increase your chances of winning custody.

1. Not Hiring a Competent Family Law Attorney

One of the biggest mistakes parents make is not hiring a competent family law attorney. You might think that you can handle the case on your own, but family law is complex, and you need someone who knows the law inside out. A good family law attorney can help you navigate the legal system and represent your interests in court.

2. Not Documenting Your Interactions with Your Child

Another mistake parents make is not documenting their interactions with their children. You should keep a record of your visits, phone calls, and any other interactions with your child. This will help you prove to the court that you have a strong bond with your child and that you are an active and involved parent.

3. Not Following Court Orders

If the court has issued an order, you must follow it. Not following court orders can have serious consequences, and it can hurt your chances of getting custody. Make sure you understand the orders and comply with them to the best of your ability.

4. Not Being Honest with Your Attorney

Your attorney is there to help you, but they can only do so if you're honest with them. Don't withhold information from your attorney, even if you think it might hurt your case. Your attorney needs to know everything to represent you effectively.

5. Not Putting Your Child's Best Interests First

Ultimately, the court will make a decision based on what's in the best interests of the child. If you're not putting your child's best interests first, you're making a mistake. Make sure you're doing everything you can to provide a stable and loving environment for your child.

How We Can Help

Child custody battles are never easy, but avoiding these common mistakes can increase your chances of winning custody. If you're going through a custody battle, make sure you hire a competent family law attorney, document your interactions with your child, follow court orders, be honest with your attorney, and put your child's best interests first.

At Horton & Associates, LLC, we understand the complexities of child custody battles, and we're here to help.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys.