The marriage between you and your spouse has run its course and divorce is on the horizon. As parents, your main priority is settling matters related to child custody.
Generally, the family court prefers both parents to play an active role in bringing up the children. However, they will be monitoring the conduct of both parents at all times and making decisions based on the best interests of the child.
The following conduct from either spouse will generally be frowned upon by the court.
Breaching the custody order
While you are negotiating matters, the court may put a temporary custody order in place. Initially, you or your spouse may not agree with the terms, but it’s pivotal that this order is adhered to. Later, it may be possible to make modifications based on the best interests of the child, but this can take time, which means patience is key.
Failing to attend court dates
The family courts have a busy workload, and it can take time to settle custody cases. This is why it’s so important to stick to scheduled court dates. With advanced notice, exceptions might be made. Other than that, both you and your spouse will be expected to attend. Not only can it be frustrating for a spouse not to show up, but it may force the court to take action. The children will also not benefit from drawn-out custody proceedings.
To ensure that you meet the requirements of the family court, it may be best to have legal guidance behind you. This will help you to settle matters quickly and move on post-divorce.