How can I fight this baseless motion and defend myself against her false allegations?
By Julie Garrison
Special to DadsDivorce.com
It is seemingly universal that divorced dads want to have more parenting time with their children than what the court has "awarded" them.
While a child custody modification proceeding may seem daunting, there are steps you can take now to build a case for more parenting time with your children. It takes time to build a case, so be methodical, document everything, and above all continue to be a great father.
Oh, and remember the 6 Ways To Deal With Your Ex-Wife In Order To Increase Parenting Time:
When I made my daily call to talk to my children, my ex-wife told me that our kids traveled out-of-state for the weekend with her boyfriend during her parenting time.
I am furious about this because not only was I never notified that the children were traveling, but they aren’t even traveling with their mother.
What can I do to get my children returned and ensure that my ex-wife does not send them on trips alone with her boyfriend again when I could be exercising parenting time?
My ex-wife is overly critical of my parenting style because I sometimes yell at my children when they are misbehaving and let them watch scary movies with me. I am worried this might cause me to lose child custody.
I never threaten, harm, or touch my children in any way; I just tend to raise my voice when the kids aren't respecting me.
She is constantly telling me what movies they are not allowed to watch and sends me little messages reminding me to "stay calm." I feel like this is harassment.
Should I be worried that these issues could come out in a possible future child custody modification hearing? I feel like sometimes yelling at the kids and letting them watch scary movies with me is not enough to lose my kids, but I fear she will try to make that happen.
By Sara Pitcher
My previous article "Guardian Ad Litem, Divorce and Child Custody" discussed a Guardian Ad Litem's role in divorce and child custody cases, which is primarily to advocate for the child’s best interests and file a report with the court.
While the Guardian Ad Litem’s child custody report and findings are very persuasive to a judge, the judge is not bound to follow the Guardian Ad Litem’s recommendations.
Although the judge is not bound to follow the GAL’s recommendation, they often do as it would have been a waste of the parties’ resources to pay for a GAL only to have the judge issue a ruling inconsistent with the recommendations of the GAL without sufficient cause.
For this reason, it is best to have a favorable GAL report and to work cooperatively with the Guardian Ad Litem.
But if the child custody report is unfavorable to you, you do have options.