As a Jacksonville Divorce Lawyer I am familiar with the many issues that surround custody disputes. I also know what Jacksonville Judges absolutely hate to see in child custody cases. One of the main things that divorcing parents in contested cases have a tendency to do is disparage the other parent. This is something that should be avoided at all costs.
Jacqueline Harounian speaks on this topic in her Huffington Post article titled “How To Lose Child Custody“. Harounian states, “A parent who is constantly denigrating the other parent, leaking anger, and negatively influencing the child’s relationship with the noncustodial parent will be reprimanded. In extreme cases, there will be allegations of parental alienation and interference with parenting time. Many judges will consider a change of custody if this type of interference is shown.Bottom line: if you want to show the Judge that you will promote the best interests of your child, then you need to show that you recognize the value of the child’s relationship with your ex, and will take the steps to encourage that relationship. Of course, when you are going through an adversarial proceeding with someone you don’t like very much, it can be very hard to put those feelings aside for the sake of your child. But that is exactly what you need to do if you want to prevail in your case.”
If you’re considering divorce and live in the Jacksonville area contact a Jacksonville Divorce Lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.