When Your Divorce Is Done: If Your Ex Continues To Harass You Regarding Custody And Visitation
When you settle your divorce and agree to a parenting plan and visitation schedule, you should be able to expect that your ex is going to be fine with it. While this is generally the case, sometimes an ex is so bitter that they are unable to move on. If you find yourself being harassed by your ex, or you are denied parenting time, it is probably time for you to find a family attorney who can help you straighten out the mess. Your ex may try to change the custody arrangement, and this is very difficult to do unless they have substantial evidence of your inability to keep the children safe.
Follow the Custody Agreement to the Letter
Take a hard look at your custody arrangement and follow it as closely as possible. You have to remember that you do not have to answer to your ex regarding what you do with the children when they are in your care. As long as you pick up the children as scheduled, bring them to school, and take care of their needs when they are with you, it is not up to your ex how you live your life with your children. If you have questions regarding the agreement, ask the court for clarification.
If Your Ex Files a Custody Modification
While it may scare you to receive a custody modification from your ex, it's important to stay calm. Custody is not going to change unless there has been a material change in circumstances. If it has only been a few months since the custody order began, it is very unlikely that things are going to change. If you moved in with another person who has a substantial criminal record, or you have been charged with familial abuse, the judge can consider this a change. Your job is to keep your children safe while in your care, and as long as you are doing that there should be no reason for a change.
If your ex continues to be contentious, making threats regarding custody, you need to seek legal help. A person who is flagrantly lying in an effort to gain full custody of your children is probably not going to stop any time soon. In order to protect your rights, it's important that you get the support that you need. Going without an attorney, like one from Kleveland Law, can cause you to lose your rights, even if you've done nothing wrong.