There is no doubt that child custody cases can be emotionally wrenching and, at times, extremely frustrating.
But it’s always better to choose an experienced Castle Rock family law attorney, and then let him or her be your intermediary and advocate. Otherwise, you risk potentially damaging your case or worse, like one Colorado man, landing in jail.
According to Fox21 News, an El Paso County man was arrested after assaulting and strangling a woman with whom he was involved in a bitter custody dispute over a 1-year-old child.
According to authorities, he attacked her until she fell unconscious multiple times and then followed her to a nearby shopping center and then took back the child she had taken with her. The two continued to argue while at the shopping center, though the woman was able to eventually get the child in the vehicle and get away.
We are certainly not suggesting that everyone who is frustrated with their child custody situation would resort to violence, but this is one example of how communication can deteriorate over the process.
And in this case, not only will this man likely not get any child custody, he’s in jail awaiting trial on charges of attempted first-degree murder, third-degree assault, second-degree kidnapping, criminal mischief and domestic violence.
Some ways that you can more constructively prepare for your case include:
- Being entirely honest and open with your attorney. If you don’t do this, you risk potentially undermining your lawyer’s credibility when the other side brings it up and your attorney is unprepared to answer those claims. Simply being honest can allow you avoid this problem.
- Be sure to include all of the relevant and objective evidence you have to support your side in your petition. This is not a television show, and you don’t need to worry about losing some element of surprise. If some of your allegations are serious, well-founded and well-supported, even giving the other side time to prepare won’t necessarily help them.
- Include the relevant facts you want the judge to know and begin them from the most serious to the least. You can almost be guaranteed that the judge won’t read an 86-page petition. Put the most important information at the beginning.