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Common errors parents make in custody proceedings

Kentucky parents who are seeking custody of their children during the divorce process are urged to make the proceeding about the children as opposed to about themselves. This means that a parent should not imply that the other parent doesn't deserve custody because of his or her misdeeds in a marriage or relationship. It is also important for parents to not imply that a child belongs only with one parent.

Making a child custody hearing about the other parent may suggest to a judge that he or she may actually be more fit to raise the child. By insisting that a child likes one parent over the other, it could imply that a parent wishes to cut the other parent out of that child's life. In most cases, both parents are presumed to have rights to a child under the law.

Parents should refrain from talking about the case to family members and friends. It is possible that a well-meaning friend talks to the other parent in an effort to avoid a contentious battle. However, it may result in an amicable custody proceeding to become a fight between the two parents in court. Ideally, the only person a parent will talk to about custody matters is his or her attorney.

Those who are in the midst of a child custody dispute may wish to consult with an attorney. Legal counsel can provide advice as to how a parent should act in front of a judge, the other parent and the child. This may increase the odds of obtaining a favorable ruling in the matter. Legal counsel may also present any evidence that a client has that the other parent is a potential danger to the child's mental or physical health.

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