Strategies for Solving High-Conflict Custody Cases
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Jimmy Vaught with Vaught Law Firm LLC..
Child custody agreements are understandably one of the most emotional experiences a family can go through. Tensions are often high, and with the best interest of the child and important family relationships involved, it can be difficult to identify a custody agreement that works for everyone. High-conflict custody cases can be particularly stressful, and they generally require the help of an experienced family law attorney or mediator to resolve. Custody cases involving parental alienation, personality disorders, mental health issues, or any history of abuse or addiction generally fall into this category.
The good news is that resources exist both pre- and post-divorce to help families adjust to the new normal and even provide co-parenting advice and support. Experienced family law attorneys can not only help mediate high-conflict custody cases to the best interest of the child, but they can also help direct families to the resources they need to recover from the emotional trials of a custody face.
Strategies for solving high-conflict child custody cases include the following:
- Try to remain on speaking terms with your former spouse if it is safe to do so.
- Avoid discussing custody issues or otherwise arguing in front of the child.
- Bring the conversation back to the child’s best interest and avoid discussing personal matters.
- Avoid yelling or coming across as combative; in a mediation situation, it will not help your case.
- Consider the merits of co-parenting if it is objectively safe to do so.
- Find an attorney who has specific experience handling high-conflict child custody cases. Don’t be afraid to ask about their experience with similar cases in the initial phone call.
- Do not try to handle a high-conflict custody case without the help of an experienced family law attorney.
- Ask your attorney about family support resources for you and your child.
- Consider involving a family counselor to help you and your child adjust to their new normal.
- Follow court orders. Failing to follow court orders could hurt your custody case.
High-conflict custody cases require the help of an experienced family law attorney and/or mediator.
High-conflict custody cases are notoriously difficult to handle alone. In most cases, hiring a family law attorney who has experience dealing with difficult custody cases or even a mediator who is familiar with high-conflict custody can help protect your rights and the safety of the child. Family law is complicated and can vary from state to state, so it’s important to find an attorney who has handled similar cases in your area successfully. It’s a good idea to ask a lawyer or mediator about their specific experience handling high-conflict custody cases as well as what strategies they intend to employ before hiring them.
To learn more about strategies for high-conflict custody cases, talk to a family law attorney.