7 Things you should and shouldn’t do when building a child custody case

DO: Seek legal counsel as soon as possible.

A child custody case can be complex and emotionally charged, so it's important to have an experienced lawyer on your side to protect your rights and the best interests of your children.

DON'T: Try to negotiate a settlement on your own.

While it may be tempting to try to handle the custody case on your own, it's important to have a legal professional by your side to guide you through the process and ensure that your interests are represented.

DO: Gather evidence to support your case.

This may include documentation of your income, proof of your involvement in your child's life (e.g. school and extracurricular activities), and any relevant witness statements.

DON'T: Post about the case on social media.

Anything you post online can potentially be used against you in court. It's best to avoid discussing the case on social media or other online platforms.

DO: Prioritize the well-being of your children.

Your children's needs should always come first. Consider their age, developmental stage, and any special needs they may have when making decisions about custody arrangements.

DON'T: Try to turn your children against the other parent.

It's important to maintain a positive relationship with the other parent, even if you are going through a divorce or custody dispute. Avoid speaking negatively about the other parent in front of your children or trying to turn them against them.

DO: Be prepared for mediation and court appearances.

Custody cases often involve mediation or court appearances, so it's important to be prepared for these events. This may include dressing appropriately, being on time, and having all necessary documents and evidence organized.

DO: Contact Fournier Law.

We have extensive experience and are one of Tallahassee’s most successful sources for legal help regarding all elements of family law. Contact us today.

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