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Talking to family members about your custody case

Child custody can be an extremely unnerving experience for many parents, especially for those who are not able to secure an end result that is in their favor. Sometimes, people turn to their loved ones to look for support and a better understanding of what to do next. In some instances, family members are very helpful and offer positive feedback while understanding the unique problems a parent may be facing. Other times, a family may be completely unwilling to offer emotional support to a family member who was unsuccessful with respect to a custody dispute.

For example, a family may blame a non-custodial parent’s behavior for an unfavorable custody decision, whether they reportedly drink too much or exhibit some other type of questionable behavior. They may accuse the person of failing to behave responsibly and blame their inability to secure custody on these claims. If your family is asking too many questions or they do not seem to be supportive during a difficult time, it is crucial to do what is best for you. You may need to spend less time with your loved ones or you could even decide to avoid them for a while as you work through these issues yourself.

During the holidays, this can be a particularly tough situation to find yourself in because many families come together and talk about various issues at this time of the year. It might be a good idea to prepare yourself for some of the child custody questions that are likely to arise, some of which you may find difficult to answer.

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