One of the most distressing aspects of your divorce is the thought of how this decision could impact your children. You know that it is important to provide your kids with as much continuity of lifestyle as possible, but reaching an agreement on custody and visitation with the other parent may not be possible. There are times when a Colorado parent may have to fight for child custody, and if you are in this situation, you will benefit from preparing for what is ahead.
A custody battle can be stressful for every member of the family. During this time, there are steps you can take as a parent that will allow you to protect the interests of your children while also fighting for your desired outcome. The ultimate goal of any custody order and parenting decisions will be providing your kids with stability and reducing unnecessary mental duress.
Preparing for battle
There is a lot more involved with getting custody than simply wanting to have full custody of your child. A court will generally prefer a custody arrangement that allows a child to have access to both parents, if possible, but this may not be what’s best for your kids according to your individual situation. Regardless of your preferred outcome to your custody concerns, the following may helpful as you seek to protect the best interests of your kids:
- Take the time to get to know the needs of your kids and other important details as you seek custody, including their school schedules, preferences and more.
- It may be helpful to approach a custody battle with a willingness to compromise and cooperate with the other spouse.
- Gather important documentation, and begin carefully tracking any instances that may be relevant to your custody concerns.
- Keep in mind that, even if the court grants you full physical custody, the other parent may still share legal custody and retain some visitation rights.
Navigating custody matters will be one of the most complex aspects of your divorce. If you are unsure of how you can fight for your desired outcome or what your options may be, you may find it helpful to first seek an evaluation of your custody concerns. Speaking with a professional may provide you with insight regarding the best way to move forward as you fight for your kids and their best interests.