Whether you are getting a divorce or separating from a former partner with whom you share children, getting the parenting time you deserve can be a challenge.
If you and your ex cannot agree, your custody and visitation decisions will fall to the Georgia family court system. To strengthen your case and effectively argue for as much parenting time as possible, you should prioritize your children’s best interests at all times.
Remain involved with your children
Even in an intact family unit, life and work can sometimes get in the way of spending quality time with your youngest family members. However, when opposing counsel and the judge are scrutinizing your parenting decisions, it is important to put your best foot forward. You can stay active and involved in your child’s life by:
- Attending parent-teacher meetings
- Showing up to sports and recreational events
- Seeking professional family counseling
Additionally, the court will want to know that you can be an effective co-parent. Therefore, it is essential that you try your best to be reasonable and flexible in regard to pick-up, drop-off, phone calls and last-minute requests.
Avoid activities that can hurt your case
After your separation, you may feel ready to move on. You might have lingering resentment toward your ex. These are normal feelings you should work through, but be aware that the impressions you make in public will affect your custody case. For the best result, you should avoid:
- Dating during your custody dispute
- Posting details of your case on social media
- Speaking negatively about your ex to your child
Showing the judge that you are a responsible parent and capable co-parent is the best way to ensure that you get as much time with your little ones as possible.