Child custody battles are not uncommon in the city of Los Angeles. But when you are going through a custody battle and you lose, it can easily feel as though the world has ended.
But if you hope to fight back and regain custody of your child, there are certain things you must never do. In fact, certain actions could have an adverse effect on what custody arrangements or visitation rights you are awarded in your case.
According to the United States Census Bureau, approximately 6.4 million custodial parents had some type of order or agreement for child support in 2018, and of that, fifty percent of noncustodial parents had visitation privileges with their children but did not have shared legal or physical custody.
In each of these battles, there was one party who lost. Here are the biggest mistakes to avoid when you hope to regain custody of your child in Los Angeles.
When you have lost custody of your child, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is attempting to take your child away from the parent that does have custody. If this happens, you could face serious criminal charges including kidnapping.
In late October 2021, there were reports of a woman in Palmdale who barricaded herself in an apartment with her baby for approximately 19 hours while live streaming on Facebook that she did not receive a fair trial and that the court system had let her and her family down.
The exact cause for her actions remains unclear, but the woman and another involved male were later taken into custody and charged with kidnapping. Although any parent would be devastated to lose custody of their child, this type of reaction can have a devastating impact on your children and destroy your opportunities for regaining custody in the future.
After losing custody of your child, it will be important that you take steps to address any issues that may have aided in the court’s decision. For example, if you lost custody of your child due to drug or alcohol abuse, you will need to commit to sobriety and address your addiction before the courts will consider awarding you custody of your children again.
They need to be sure that placing your children back in your care is in their best interest. In order to accomplish this goal, you need to convince the courts that you are the best legal guardian for your children.
Losing custody of your child can be devastating. But with the right legal representation, you may be able to take the steps needed in order to regain custody of your children and move forward with your life.
When you are ready to take action, schedule your initial consultation with a dedicated Los Angeles child custody lawyer at the Law Offices of Teresa A. Beyers. Give our office a call at 213-236-4400 or fill out our quick contact form to get started on your case today.