As you probably know, every state has its own laws when it comes to child custody. Taking time in the beginning to fully understand the legal requirements of child custody agreements, as well as understanding why certain laws are in place can help you avoid frustrating and heartbreaking challenges down the road. If you’re considering divorce in the Naples, FL area or are already in the process of determining custody agreements, here are five essential facts you need to know:
- It is illegal to interfere with custody agreements
Interfering with child custody agreements means more than simply causing annoyance to your ex-partner. Child custody interference can actually result in your arrest. Respect the agreements, and remember that they are ultimately there for your child’s wellbeing. Interference can range from showing up late to drop-offs to taking your child out of certain geographical limits without permission. If you are uncertain whether an action you’re planning to take is considered interference or not, it’s always best to speak with your legal advisor.
- It’s possible to both lose and regain child custody
Keep in mind that no matter what kind of custody agreement you have, it’s always possible to lose the privilege of spending time with your children. This means that you need to carefully consider the responsibility of upholding custody agreements. In the same vein, if your custody privileges are revoked, VeryWellFamily advises that it is usually possible to get them back. If you’re threatened with losing custody allowances, contact an experienced legal professional immediately to get started on winning them back!
- Custody agreements can potentially be modified at any time
Child custody agreements are not written in stone. It is possible for either you or your ex-partner to propose changes to agreements at any time. The judges will still view the proposed changes through the lens of the child’s wellbeing. If you feel that a change would benefit your child, contact a family attorney to gather evidence to back your case. On the other hand, if custody changes are being proposed that you do not agree with, a family lawyer can help you fight your case.
- Your everyday actions have consequences
Because custody agreements have the potential to be revoked or revised, it’s critical to remember that your everyday actions can have significant implications on your ability to see your children. According to DadsDivorce, almost anything – from illegal activity to yelling at your ex – has the potential to cause your custody privileges to be revoked, suspended, or further limited. Feel free to speak with a caring legal team about how to best protect your child custody agreement.
- Communication is key
A lot of times, tension regarding child custody stems from misunderstandings and miscommunication between the children’s parents or guardians. If any of your actions might appear questionable or frustrating to the other party, it’s best to openly communicate your reasons and motivations ahead of time to avoid any unnecessary legal proceedings.
If you’re reading this and thinking that child custody sounds overwhelming, don’t give up! Custody agreements can be complicated, but we are here to help you protect the wellbeing of your children! Contact our legal team by phone at 239-226-0888 or online with your questions and concerns!
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