Nearly every aspect of the divorce procedure presents some form of emotional challenge. Perhaps the most trying factor throughout the process relates to disputes over child custody.
The courts, legal teams, and both parents will all be putting their arguments forward, hopefully with the child’s best interests at heart. However, the problem is that not all parties will reach a consensus as to what the best interests of the child are. The consequence of such a scenario is that emotions can run high. Heated and lengthy disputes can often give rise to high-stress levels and anxiety.
Acting rashly rather than rationally is generally never in your best interests. As a result, it is worth considering ways to manage your emotions during a child custody dispute.
Don’t worry about things you have no control over
While you will have some input into the legal process, you ultimately cannot control the outcomes. As long as you have taken steps to present the best case possible, then being overcome by stress is counterproductive. You are also unable to control the actions or behavior of your former spouse. Hostile behavior on their behalf is likely to reflect badly on them, so there is little benefit in letting it get to you.
Be open to cooperation
While it is vital that you protect your best interests as a parent, this does not necessarily mean refusing to cooperate or compromise. Frequently, parents are able to put their personal disputes to one side and make decisions based on the best interests of the child. Showing a willingness to cooperate and place the child first is likely to reflect favorably on you in the rulings of the family court.
Keeping your emotions in check during a child custody case could actually bolster your case. As a parent in Texas, you are legally protected.