Ways parents can unintentionally hurt their child custody case

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2023 | Child Custody |

Child custody disputes can be emotionally charged and legally complex, especially in Texas.  Parents often make unintentional mistakes that can adversely affect their chances of gaining custody.

Understanding these pitfalls is necessary for anyone caught in a dispute.

Communicate inadequately

One common mistake parents make is failing to communicate effectively. Lack of communication can create misunderstandings and lead to disputes, making it challenging for the court to assess each parent’s ability to co-parent. Courts in Texas prioritize the best interests of the child, and demonstrating effective communication is important.

Neglect parental responsibilities

Neglecting parental responsibilities is another factor that can harm a parent’s custody case. Courts evaluate each parent’s involvement in their child’s life, including aspects such as attending school events, medical appointments and extracurricular activities. A court might interpret the failure to fulfill these responsibilities as a lack of commitment to the child’s well-being.

Disparage the other parent

Speaking negatively about the other parent can have serious repercussions. Texas courts encourage parents to foster a positive relationship between the child and both parents. Judges may view disparaging remarks about the other parent as an attempt to alienate the child from the other parent, potentially harming the child’s emotional well-being.

Ignore court orders

Parents must adhere to court orders, and failing to do so can be detrimental to a custody case. Whether related to visitation schedules, child support payments or other court-mandated requirements, noncompliance may signal to the court that a parent is unwilling or unable to follow legal directives.

Avoid substance abuse issues

Texas courts prioritize the safety and well-being of the child. Any evidence of substance abuse or refusal to get help may raise concerns about a parent’s ability to provide a stable and secure environment. About 16.5% of the population has a substance use disorder, and 94% of those people have not received treatment. Courts are familiar with the issues involved, and seeking treatment can benefit a parent’s chances.

By avoiding these common issues, parents can navigate the process more successfully and contribute to the well-being of their children.



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