When divorcing couples cannot agree on a parenting plan, a custody evaluation may be necessary. This is a challenging time for any parent, and the guidance of a child custody attorney may prove invaluable.
It is easy for parents to make mistakes that compromise their ability to win custody of a child. However, you may be able to protect your interests by understanding the basic do’s and don’ts of child custody evaluations in Florida.
Naples child custody lawyer Michael M. Raheb can guide you through this process. At The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A., we can answer your questions related to child custody, alimony, asset division and prenuptial agreements. Mr. Raheb offers free, no-obligation consultations. Call us today at 866-949-0888 to learn more.
Until then, read on for some helpful tips during the custody evaluation process:
- Be honest. Florida laws require that an appropriate professional conducts these evaluations, and as such, it is unlikely that you will be able to fool him or her.
- Remember that nobody is perfect. Acknowledge that you have flaws as a parent, but be sure to highlight your strengths.
- Embrace dual parenting. In most cases, it is best for both parents to be involved in a child’s life. Make it clear to the evaluator that you are willing to allow your child to have a positive relationship with the other parent.
- Express your willingness to be flexible. It is unlikely that you will get exactly what you want out of the custody situation, and being open and flexible can work in your favor. State your position clearly and concisely, and explain why you believe your approach is in your child’s best interests.
- Be prompt and professional with the evaluator to demonstrate your reliability as a parent. This includes completing all the necessary paperwork and providing information in a timely manner.
- Don’t bad-mouth your ex, regardless of how you feel about him or her. This is important not just for the evaluation process but also for your child’s well-being.
- Don’t think of your evaluator as a personal counselor. This will demonstrate to the evaluator that you may not have a strong grip on your situation. Rather, consult with an independent counselor if you are feeling depressed or anxious.
- Don’t try to influence how your children will interact with the evaluator.
- Don’t provide incomplete information. The evaluator may view this as a sign that you are not organized enough to be a custodial parent.
Divorce can be challenging enough without worrying about the legal complexities. At the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A., we can guide you through the custody process to help you avoid making key mistakes.
A Naples child custody attorney from our firm will be your on-call legal support. Call us today at 866-949-0888 to schedule a consultation.