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During a divorce, emotions run high. People’s lives are on the line, and it is often frightening to be in the limbo state between a former life, and a new life. One of the greatest fears many parents divorcing have, is losing their children. It is difficult to maintain composure during this time. As a result of this, parents may end up making hasty decisions they later regret. It is extremely important to make the right decision when it comes to dealing with the custody matters, for a better and peaceful future for your children and yourself.


When engaged in child custody matters, there are a number of tips to keep in mind to avoid common mistakes many parents make. Here is a list of suggested recommendations when dealing with child custody matters:

  1. Consult with a custody lawyer to receive the proper legal advice of what path you should take. It is not a good idea to go into a custody battle alone. A lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and formulate options for your best interests.
  2. If you are sharing a residence with your spouse and you are in the process of divorcing, make sure you and your spouse have a clear, defined, agreement on parenting time.
  3. It is important to be on your best behavior with your children and your spouse. Avoid doing anything that could be used against you in court; i.e. threatening, losing your temper, any kind of abuse, etc.
  4. Do not exaggerate information about your spouse. Be very careful about what you say and make sure you have the proper evidence to support your statements.
  5. Many times it is difficult for children to be in the middle of a divorce. Keep your children in mind during this process, and avoid using them to threaten your partner.
  6. Keep records of whatever child support you are paying. You are responsible for showing the court you have done your part. If you cannot prove you paid your child support, you may have to pay it again.
  7. Child custody agreements are legally binding. However, if there is a need to change the agreement because something significant has occurred to alter your situation, do not hesitate to file for a modification of the agreement. Any agreement made outside of the court is not legally binding.
  8. Be specific about your parenting times. If you are taking your child out or on vacation, make sure the other spouse is clear on that.
  9. Talk to your child custody lawyer about your goals and objectives. Let them know your experience and what type of future you want. They are your representatives, and they cannot read minds. It is vital you communicate with them so they can represent you properly. If you feel your attorney is not giving you what you need, hire a different attorney as soon as you can.
  10. Be prepared in court. Make sure you know exactly what you want and need. If you have documents that may help your case, make sure you have them in court with you. Your partner may try to argue against you during your custody trial. Think of everything they could say ahead of time and prepare rebuttals. If you are not prepared, it will not reflect favorably on you.
  11. Maintain your composure in court. Manage your anger even when you are upset. The judge will be watching the way you carry yourself. Be a responsible, level-headed adult.


When dealing with a custody battle, it is important to have the right legal help on your side. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand the details of your case, and guide you in making the right decision to get a favorable outcome of your case. Our family law attorney Amber Shemesh has represented clients in different counties of Dallas Fort-Worth area for their child custody matters. She has helped fathers and mothers in dealing with the custody matters during and after their divorce proceedings. Attorney Amber Shemesh and other members of our team of Child Custody attorneys in Dallas are here to help you with your custody matter by providing a passionate and dedicated legal service.


If you or a loved one is looking for an experienced family law attorney for your child custody matter, our legal team is available for a free consultation appointment. You can schedule this free consultation appointment by calling 972.789.1664, emailing, or filling out the form on top of this page. We look forward to helping you with your child custody matter.





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