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What Not to Say During a Custody Battle


It is natural to feel overwhelmed and stressed when going through a custody battle. During this time, you may say things that you later regret. However, saying certain things can harm your case and decrease your chances of success.

1. Do Not Criticize Your Co-parent in Front of Your Children

During a custody battle, avoiding speaking negatively about the other parent to your children is important. Your children are already going through a difficult time, and hearing negative comments about their other parents can make it more challenging for them. Additionally, speaking badly about the other parent can be seen as an attempt to turn the children against the other parent. This behavior may prompt the judge to question your ability to foster a healthy co-parenting relationship.

2. Do Not Talk Negatively About Your Co-parent on Social Media

In today's world, we are all heavily involved in social media. However, posting negative comments about your co-parent on social media can harm your case. Even if your account is private, your former spouse may have mutual friends who can see your posts and use them against you in court. Additionally, the judge may view your behavior as potentially harmful to the children's well-being.

3. Avoid Making Unfounded Accusations About Your Co-parent

Making false accusations about your co-parent during a custody battle can backfire on you. Not only can this harm your case, but it can also lead to legal action against you for slander. Before making any accusations against your co-parent, ensure that you have concrete evidence to support your claims.

4. Do Not Interrogate Your Children About Their Other Parent

During a custody battle, you may wonder what happens when your children are with their other parents. However, questioning them about their other parent or trying to extract information from them can be detrimental. This behavior may suggest to the judge that you are attempting to drive a wedge between your children and the other parent.

5. Do Not Refuse to Cooperate With Your Co-parent

Even if the custody battle is contentious, it is essential to work with your co-parent to develop a co-parenting plan that is in the children's best interest. Refusing to communicate or cooperate can make it seem like you are unwilling to work together, which can harm your case. Additionally, refusing to adhere to agreements that have been established can lead to legal repercussions.

Tennessee & Kentucky Child Custody Lawyer

If you're facing a custody battle in Tennessee & Kentucky, TN, consider reaching out to Peterson White, LLP. Our experienced family law attorneys can provide the legal guidance and support you need during this challenging time. Contact us today at (855) 919-4124 to learn more about our services and how we can help you.