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Key things to do when going through a child custody battle

In an ideal world, child custody would be easy to decide and you and your ex would agree on everything. If you're going through a child custody battle in Arkansas, though, you know that it can be far less than ideal. Below are a few things that can help.

1. Always be honest.

People are sometimes tempted to lie to make themselves look better or to make their spouses look worse. However, this very rarely works and the court is good at sorting out the truth. If you're caught in a lie, it damages your case tremendously, so you're best off to tell the truth.

2. Have your paperwork in order.

There are many documents that can help your case. For example, you may have paperwork showing you always took good care of your child by taking him or her to the doctor and the dentist. You may have reports of negative or dangerous actions by your ex, such as DUI arrests. Keep all paperwork that can impact the case so that you can do more than make claims.

3. Write down the little things

Little issues make a difference. Did your spouse forget to pick up the kids from school or constantly miss big events? Again, a written report is more convincing than any claim.

4. Don't talk with your ex too much.

There is going to be some communication between both of you, but don't overdo it. Sometimes, it is best to stick with email and text messages, rather than talking in person. This can help control your emotions.

In addition to the above, make sure you know about every step of the legal process.

Source: Divorced Moms, "10 Must Do's For Surviving a Child Custody Battle," Benna Strober, accessed Jan. 26, 2016

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