After separating from your partner, you might have to go through a child custody hearing to determine who your child stays with and for how long during the week or throughout each month. Whether you’re in court in Wisconsin or you’re trying to handle the custody arrangements outside of court with the assistance of an attorney, there are some things that you should avoid doing and some that you want to put at the top of your list.
Dos during custody
Try to stay involved as much as possible with your child’s education and daily activities. If the judge sees that you’re involved with your child, then it can be a positive factor in establishing the custody arrangement or visitation schedule. If possible, seek counseling with your child so that everyone involved understands why you’re no longer a family and so that your child understands that there will be plenty of love and support no matter who the child lives with after the hearing.
Things to avoid
Although you might want to get your life back to normal as soon as possible, you should avoid dating during the child custody process. Avoid putting details of the custody arrangement or proceedings on social media pages as the other parent could gather information to use against you. Finally, don’t say negative things about the other parent in front of your child.
When you’re battling for custody of your child or you’re simply trying to set an arrangement so that each parent has equal time with your child, you want to stay as positive as possible. An attorney can work with you to present the positive details of why your child should stay with you when you go to a hearing.