What Does Not Matter in a Child Custody Trial?

What does not matter in a child custody trial? When we have a new family law client, they obviously have a large amount of care and concern for their case.  This is exactly how we want our family law clients to be, but with a caveat.  Not everything matters as much as they think it does. What to we mean by that?  You will soon find out.

In this blog we will discuss what doesn’t matter in family law case.  This will be specific to child custody cases that end in child custody trials.  Like all of our blogs this is intended to be for general informational purposes only and not intended as a substitute for the advice and counsel of a family law attorney.

Ancient history does not matter

Often, people what to inform us about what their ex did to them last year, two years ago and sometimes even further back. In the context of a child custody case the judge is looking to figure out what is in the best interest of the child, if the case goes to trial.  If the case doesn’t go to trial and the parties settle things amicably through a consent order, ancient history also does not matter because the terms of the child custody order will end up being whatever the two parties both agree to.

The fact that he is not nice to you does not matter

Unfortunately, family law in general deals with the ending of domestic relationships most of the time.  Because of this, it is quite common that the parties have some animosity towards each other and they are not very nice to each other. That is not going to matter in your child custody case. Of course, there are some exceptions including but not limited to the following:

  • Incidents of a domestic violence
  • Abuse by one parent towards another in front of the child
  • Disparaging statements made one parent towards the other in front of the child

The above-mentioned items and items related, will have an effect on a child custody case in most times, but the fact that the other party does not want to be your friend and is not considerate to your personal feelings is not going to matter much when it is all said and done.

The other parent’s job does not matter the way you may want to think it does

At least once a year we hear something to the affect of “I am a stripper, so I’m worried” or, “she is a stripper, so we can use that against her in trial”.  That is not relevant for any salacious or dramatic purposes.  The main affect that someone’s job is going to have on a child custody case centers around their work schedule and in that regard how much time they will have available for the child and how they will plan around their work schedule. The actual legal job does not matter much.

Family law can be quite complicated and quite stressful, professional help to help you navigate through is essential in most cases. If you are in need of a family law attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina, or the surrounding areas, contact us.

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