What to Avoid as a Stay-At-Home Parent Seeking Custody

A mother sitting on a sofa with her two young children, engaging with a tablet together in a cozy home environment, considering consulting a divorce lawyer from Smithtown.

When a stay-at-home parent is seeking to retain custody of their child, it can be difficult to do so based on financials alone. On top of this, the parent may also be facing financial distress when the divorce begins if they have not had work outside of the home.

If you are a stay-at-home parent who is seeking custody, it is important to understand that there are many mistakes to avoid to increase your chances of achieving custody. To learn what not to do when fighting for custody, read on and reach out to our Nassau County child custody lawyer.

Staying Unemployed

Many stay-at-home parents may make the mistake of remaining unemployed as they face divorce. It is important that you consider getting a new job outside of the home as the first step in your battle or custody. This will allow the courts to see that you are serious about caring for your child and the financial responsibilities that come hand in hand with this. Remaining jobless may give your formers spouse a case that you are not fit to parent at this time by relying solely on child support to financially support your child.

Introducing Your New Partner to Your Child

It is important that you keep any new relationships out of the family home while you are going through a custody battle and divorce. Be cautious about introducing your new partner to your child. The court may view this as confusing to your child and not in your child’s best interests. You do not want your child to believe that you are attempting to replace your child’s other parent during this sensitive time.

Refusing Visitation

It is unfortunately common for spouses to fear that their former spouse may not return their child to them after their visitation is over. This may lead a parent to withhold visitation. Though this fear is valid and these spouses may think that they are doing the right thing, withholding visitation can severely impact their ability to retain custody. If you have found yourself in this situation, it is best that you consult with a family law attorney instead. You may also file an action for custody and child support.

Overlooking Hiring an Attorney

An attorney can assist many parents that are facing custody litigation. It is important that you do not proceed on your own. To learn more about how our Nassau County family law attorney can assist you, give our firm a call today.


Barrows Levy PLLC is a dedicated New York law firm focused on providing quality legal services to clients in New York City and Long Island. If you require a lawyer who has notable experience handling family and estate planning matters, we are available to help. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today. 

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