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Are you currently going through a custody battle with a spouse that plans to use it to their advantage? They may try to do one of these tactics when custody is involved.
Using Kids As Leverage
You may run into a situation where a spouse is using the children as leverage during the divorce process. This is more likely to happen if one spouse does not care for child custody that much, but the other spouse does. The spouse that doesn't want custody may lie and try to argue that they want custody, knowing that the other spouse will be devastated if that were to happen. It can cause unfair agreements to be made in order to get custody, even though custody was never something that one of the spouses wanted. They may try to trade custody or time seeing their children in exchange for receiving more assets as part of the divorce.
You may need to bring in an expert to make a recommendation to the court about what would be in the best interest of the child. Having it come from a neutral party can help prevent the kids being used as leverage, since it can be argued that there is a living situation that the children have been used to and can maintain consistency in the custody arrangement.
Extorting A Spouse
Another tactic that may be used by a divorce is trying to extort them in exchange for a favorable outcome for child custody. Spouses tend to know a lot of information about each other, and may threaten to tell things to friends, family, or co-workers in exchange for an outcome they desire. This is not only a dirty tactic, but it is considered a crime that goes far beyond the divorce settlement.
Creating False Evidence
Be aware that a spouse may try to make false evidence about their spouse in various ways. This includes creating fake text messages, creating fake social media accounts, or fake email accounts that appear to be their spouse and then making posts or messages that make them look unfavorable in court. This may be more likely to be done in a child custody case, where you are trying to make the other person's character look bad.
Is your spouse doing something shady when it comes to the custody of your children? Work with a child custody lawyer so that you can get a fair outcome in court.