In a Michigan custody battle, you may believe that you have your child’s best interests at heart. You know that you should win custody and that your child is better in your care, but are you sabotaging your own efforts? Emotions are always high during a child custody battle. It is likely that you will make mistakes, but with help, Very Well Family explains that you can learn what not to do during a custody battle.

First, do not be too stubborn. You need to be willing to work with your partner. You should be able to collaborate with the other parent. When with your child, do not talk about your ex in a negative light. If you need to vent your frustrations, you need to vent them to a trusted friend or family member, but never to your children. Your children may notice your feelings and opinions and this can lead to issues during the dispute.

Remember not to arrive late for your pickups or constantly reschedule your time with your child. This can look like you are not interested and only want to fight your partner for the sake of winning the battle. Make sure that you show interest in your children and in spending time with them. You should make sure that you listen to the court and never refuse to do what they want you to.

Your court case should also stay between adults. Do not involve your children and do not make up stories about your ex in an attempt to win the case. When you lie to the court, your credibility will decrease.

None of this is to be considered legal advice. It is for informational purposes only.