There are few situations that cause feelings of bitterness, anger, and passion as a child custody battle. These intense emotions often morph into verbal and physical aggression and altercations further resulting in parents being unable to properly communicate. Ultimately, the situation has the most adverse impacts on the child. I get it. Your child is your most precious gift and you only want to protect him or her, but high conflict custody battles do just the opposite. Children don’t understand how to process situations like this, but I can promise you, it will eventually come out one way or another. Many times, it is a change in the child’s behavior, academically, or they shut everyone out completely leaving himself or herself vulnerable and open to get mixed up with the wrong crowd.
In many custody cases, mediation can have much success. However, high conflict custody cases are rarely ever resolved in this manner. The anger, fear, and power struggle are far too overpowering for high conflict couples. The strong negative emotions, i.e., blame, guilt and resentment, prevent them from reaching any kind of amicable resolution. Their destructive tenancies promote a cycle of negativity that prevents peaceful negotiations. This extreme power struggle is why I don’t necessarily recommend joint custody in situations like this. Here’s why:
When a client comes to me in a high conflict custody battle, I recommend that they document, document, and document everything. I cannot say it enough. In order to prove one’s case, there must be evidence to support your claim.
Kevin Hickey Law Partners always strives to help clients get things right the first time around. Unfortunately, cases like high conflict custody battles lead many parents back to court repeatedly. If you are a party to a high conflict custody battle, our law firm is here to help. We are always willing to explain the process and let our clients know what to expect providing insight into each unique situation. Give us a call, 479.434.2414 or 479.802.6560, or chat online to get the skills, dedication, and representation you and your children deserve.