Regardless of how amicable their divorce was, separated parents may have issues with custody disputes at some point or another. Custody disputes can arise after disagreements in regards to parenting styles, visitation rights, etc. Even if you’re both committed to finding the best solution for your child, there’s always the potential for custody battles to get complicated. As a result, there are a few ways to prepare.
Lockdown your online profiles
Sometimes, spouses share passwords while they’re married. If you’re in the middle of a custody dispute, you want to go through and change any passwords that your former spouse may know.
Check all of the privacy settings on your social media. If you and the other parent are following each other, consider editing your settings to control how much of your posts they see.
It’s also a good idea to stop posting about your children or anything related to parenting. This extends to any activities with your friends or anyone you might be romantically seeing.
Set healthy boundaries
One of the best things that you can do is set healthy boundaries with the other parent. Don’t overshare to them or let them in the know on things that don’t concern them.
Be careful not to start badmouthing your former spouse in front of or within earshot of your child. Don’t say anything in front of the child that you wouldn’t want to get back to their other parent. Setting healthy boundaries isn’t just putting up safeguards; it’s also about communicating effectively with your co-parent and making sure everything is clear.
There may come a time when you’re asked to provide evidence of being a good parent. You want to make sure that you’re documenting activities and conversations that you have with your child in some sort of journal or electronic record. Keep receipts of emails or text conversations with your former spouse. In addition, journal all verbal conversations after the fact.
A variety of issues can lead to a custody dispute. Following the above tips may help you manage the issue more smoothly.