The internet is full of misinformation, which can create issues for parents creating a custody plan.
To ensure you understand your legal rights, make sure that any information you read is from reputable sources. Otherwise, myths like these could affect your situation for the worse.
Myth 1: Children always get to decide where they live
Truth: In most cases, children have little to no say in which parent they’ll live with. If a child is old enough to talk to a judge, then the judge might consider what the child has to say. The child might have a preference, but, unless both parents are qualified for physical custody, then, again, the child may not have a choice.
Myth 2: Mothers always get the first choice
Truth: It’s often believed that mothers always have the most rights during a child custody case. Courts mainly focus on what’s best for the child.
Myth 3: The custodial parent can move at any time with their child
Truth: Parents who are planning to move and take their children with them should follow the proper protocols to ensure that they don’t misstep legally when making a big transition. The noncustodial parent may wish to dispute the move, especially if it would create issues for the parent to see and care for their child.
Myth 4: A child custody plan can’t be changed after it’s made
Truth: Parents frequently need to change custody plans after they’re initially formalized. For starters, as a child grows, they’ll have different needs and wants than when they were younger. However, parents need to either agree that a change is necessary or one parent must have enough cause to request an alteration from the court, such as moving or employment changes.
Myth 5: Parents don’t need to seek legal help
Truth: If you’ve been misinformed about any of the facts above, then there’s no telling what other legal rights you’re not yet aware of. It may be in your best interest to reach out for legal help to ensure that you’re taking actions that won’t leave you or your child legally vulnerable.