Over the past number of decades, the courts have altered their approach. Whereas mothers were greatly favored in the past in terms of custody and visitation, the courts now favor nothing but the best interests of the children involved. This approach can favor the mother or the father, depending on the circumstances, but the court will look at both parents to make final custody and visitation determinations.
The new, more inclusive approach the courts are taking make it more important than ever for both parents to protect their child custody rights aggressively.
At Stange Law Firm, PC, our lawyers bring unique experience in the legal process of divorce. We can help you do everything possible to protect your child custody and visitation rights. Our lawyers help fathers, mothers and grandparents protect their rights to custody and visitation.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Custody Rights
- Invest in your kids: Although this seems obvious, it is surprising how often parents do not spend much time with their kids during the early stages of their divorces, then seem surprised when the court questions their commitment as parents. If you want to maintain relationships with your children, your choice to spend time with them is the most important thing you can do.
- Avoid erratic behavior: Although divorce is an inherently tumultuous time for everyone involved, it is important to do whatever you can to avoid relocating, job changes, substance abuse issues and other actions that could signify any degree of instability. One of the highest priorities is to show the court that you are creating a stable environment for your children.
- Do not speak badly about your ex: Excessive negative talk to your children about your ex-spouse can be seen as parental alienation. It is also important to be careful with your online social media posts, as these are readily available for everyone to see.
- Get help for any addiction or other issues: If you have a history of financial problems, alcoholic or other drug-related problems, violent tendencies or any other issues that the court could see as a red flag, make sure you take steps to address these issues. When judges see that parents are taking steps to become better parents, they are more likely to grant increased visitation time and parental responsibility.
Our lawyers are here to help you through every step of the process. We will walk you through the steps you need to take to protect your custody rights and other interests in your divorce.
We also have articles for further information regarding your child custody matter: Child Custody & Visitation Flexibility and Missouri Child Custody Cases: Information You Should Know.
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