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Never let these 3 things be used against you in a custody battle

A divorce is typically a contentious process, but if you have kids, there is even more at stake to consider. Stressful divorces often result in drawn-out custody battles, and in such disputes, your ex might reach for whatever she can possibly use against you in court. It is important that you be prepared for these potential attacks—and more importantly—do not let your ex unfairly gain an advantage in seeking custody.

According to the Census, fathers represent only one out of every six custodial parents. It is your responsibility to fight for your rights as a father and ensure that your kids receive the best care available. In order to do so, you should actively prevent any of the following from being used against you. 

1. The obligations of your job

You may have a position that requires you to travel intermittently or work long hours, and it only makes sense that your ex might try and use this against you. Your child’s mother might suggest that your job is too demanding for you to adequately parent and spend time with your child. On the contrary, however, your dedication to your job reflects your dedication to providing for your kids.

2. Your personal life and choices

It is advisable that you shy away from flaunting a new relationship and avoid badmouthing your ex during the divorce. Your ex might mine your personal life for details that are potentially incriminating, but when it comes down to it, she should not be able to use your personal life against you in court. So long as you do not engage in antisocial, abusive or illegal behaviors, this is nothing more than a character attack.

3. Relationship with other parent

Of course, your child’s mother may cite the dissolution of your relationship as evidence that the courts should not entrust you with custody. Both parties are culpable in a divorce, though, and the court should not forget this. If your ex attempts to use details of your separation against you in your custody case, it may be another instance of a character attack.

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