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Behavior can help or hurt a child custody case

Emotions can run high in child custody disputes. Maryland parents vying for custody may disagree vigorously regarding the best interests of the child, making it difficult to come to any mutual agreement. As part of this, it's important for a parent caught in a child custody matter to act in a manner that does not do their case any harm.

Recently, this was expanded upon in an article that appeared on the Huffington Post. Although the article is written for fathers, many of the pieces of advice can apply to both parents. For example, keeping one's anger in check and refraining not only from yelling but also from criticizing the other parent can help their case tremendously.

A family law judge presiding over child custody takes a number of factors into account, and by maintaining respect for the other parent, that may tilt the balance in one's favor. Thus, in addition to refraining from criticism, it may be important to carry through with that respect with the children as well. That is, by allowing the children to contact the other parent and by keeping the other parent fully informed as to where the children will be, it may be possible to demonstrate to a judge that one should be awarded child custody.

It's also important to keep in mind that just as the child custody dispute can be stressful for the parents; it can be even more stressful for the children. A Maryland family law judge may take this into account and may even take an unkind view toward parents who move in with new significant others. That does not necessarily mean a person should not date, but it may sometimes be best to avoid introducing the children to a new girlfriend or boyfriend until after the divorce is finished.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Ways To Sabotage Child Custody," Joseph E. Cordell, April 2, 2012

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