Child custody proceedings can be emotionally charged and legally complex. Avoiding common legal pitfalls to ensure the best outcome for your child and yourself is crucial. Here are some key pitfalls to avoid:
Failing to Understand New Jersey Custody Laws
Before taking any action, it is essential to understand New Jersey custody laws. Familiarize yourself with the different types of custody and parenting time arrangements and the factors the court considers when making custody decisions. The State of New Jersey Judiciary website provides helpful custody and parenting time resources.
Not Documenting Communication with the Other Parent
Documenting all communication with the other parent, especially related to custody or parenting time arrangements, is essential. Keep a record of emails, text messages, and phone calls. These records can be used as court evidence and help establish a behavior pattern.
Allowing Emotions to Take Over
Child custody proceedings can be emotionally charged, but keeping your emotions in check is essential. Avoid making negative comments about the other parent or engaging in arguments. The court can view this behavior unfavorably and harm your case.
Not Working with an Experienced Family Law Attorney
Navigating child custody proceedings can be complex and overwhelming. Working with an experienced family law attorney who can provide legal guidance and support is important. The Family Law Offices Of Megan S. Murray has extensive experience in child custody cases and can help you navigate the legal process.
Violating Court Orders
Once a custody arrangement has been established, it is important to follow the court order. Violating a court order can result in severe consequences, including fines and jail time. If you need to modify the custody arrangement, working with an attorney to file the necessary paperwork is important.
In conclusion, child custody proceedings can be emotionally and legally challenging. By avoiding common legal pitfalls and working with an experienced family law attorney, you can ensure the best outcome for your child and yourself.
Contact The Family Law Offices Of Megan S. Murray to learn more about our child custody services.