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What to Avoid When Seeking Custody as a Stay-At-Home Parent

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When a stay-at-home parent faces a divorce, it can be difficult for them to retain custody based on financials alone. On top of this, they may also be facing financial distress as the divorce begins if they have not had work outside of the home.

If you are looking to retain custody as a stay-at-home parent, it is important to consider the most common mistakes that you should avoid during this process. To learn what not to do, continue reading and reach out to our Union County child custody attorneys.

Refusing Visitation

It is unfortunately common for spouses who are going through a divorce to fear that their co-parent will not return their child to them after their visitation is over. This may lead to the parent withholding visitation. Though this fear is valid, it is important that you never withhold visitation. This can severely impact your ability to retain custody. In this situation, it is best to consult with a  family law attorney instead. You may also want to file an action for custody and child support.

Remaining Unemployed

Many stay-at-home parents may make the mistake of remaining unemployed as they begin their fight for the custody of their child. During this time, it is important to consider getting a new job outside of the home as the first step in your battle for custody. Remaining unemployed may show the court that you are not prepared to take on the financial responsibilities that come with caring for your child.

Introducing a New Partner to Your Child

If you have begun a new relationship, it is best to keep them out of the family home while you are going through a divorce and custody battle. This is especially true for introducing your new partner to your child. It is important that you are cautious about doing so. You do not want the court to feel that you are confusing your child. This may be viewed as not in the child’s best interest.

Neglecting to Retain the Services of an Attorney

You can benefit from retaining the services of an experienced family law attorney who has experience handling custody issues. It is best that you do not face your divorce alone. To learn more about our Union County child custody attorneys and how we can assist you, give our firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation with our team.

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Ross and Calandrillo, LLC is a full-service divorce, family, and real estate law firm located in Mountainside, New Jersey. For strong legal representation in all of your divorce or family law matters, contact Ross and Calandrillo, LLC to schedule a consultation.

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Our firm believes that exploring alternatives to litigation can greatly benefit our client. Our firm’s established mediation practice can help you resolve family law issues more efficiently, amicably and at a lower cost. If you are interested in knowing more about our mediation services, contact the firm to discuss your situation.

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“Liz represented me throughout a long and difficult divorce process. She was a godsend. Her knowledge, compassion, dedication, and commitment are unparalleled. I can not...”

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