Child custody is one of the most hotly contested issues for spouses getting divorced. Both parties generally want what is in the best interests of the children, but there may be a difference in opinion of what this involves. In some cases, one or both parents do a disservice to their custody chances by performing certain actions.
Here are five mistakes that can cost you custody of your child in Ohio.
1. Focusing on your own interests
It is important for parents to take care of themselves, especially while going through a trying time like a divorce. However, focusing on your own interests to the detriment of your child’s needs does not look good to the judge granting child custody.
2. Attempting alienation
Sometimes, one parent attempts to alienate a child from the other parent in the hope that the child will favor them. However, this action usually backfires because an outside party sees this behavior as trying to get revenge on a spouse.
3. Refusing to reach an agreement
Like the other mistakes, people regard refusing to come to an agreement as not acting in the best interest of the child.
4. Excessive drug or alcohol use
Parents who habitually and excessively use drugs or alcohol are unable to provide the safest environment possible for a child. This can affect the custody arrangement the parent receives.
5. Failing to hire an attorney
Even if you do everything else right, not hiring an attorney can ruin your chances of getting primary custody or any custody at all.
By being aware of the mistakes that can cost you custody, you can help ensure that you give yourself the best chances possible during a divorce.