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How Well Do You Know Criminal Law?

Sure, you know what's illegal and what's not. You know how to avoid breaking the law. But do you know the technicalities that can get your case dismissed in court? Do you know what kind of evidence is allowed in your defense and what isn't? Do you know how to effectively cross-examine a witness? If the answer to these questions is no, then you shouldn't be considering defending yourself in court. When a criminal case gets to court, innocence doesn't matter as much as experience with criminal law does. You need an experienced lawyer to help you defend yourself. In this blog, I'll share experiences that can help you understand what is going to happen in court and how to assist in your own defense. But the most important piece of advice I can give you is this: don't go to court without a lawyer.

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3 Mistakes To Avoid During A Child Custody Battle With Your Ex

When two married people decide to go their separate ways, all assets can usually be logically divided, but when it comes to the children that these two people share, deciding custody can be a huge ordeal. With two parents who both love their children and want them in their care, it can mean a lengthy custody battle and a storm of agitated feelings. Unfortunately, because a child custody case can be so emotional, many parents make huge mistakes in the process. If you are in the middle of a child custody case and waiting to go before a family law judge to find out who has the children and when, there are a few mistakes you must avoid that can hurt your chances of custody. 

Mistake: Arguing with your ex about who should have the children. 

Why? Arguing about who will have the children and when at this point is moot and a waste of energy. Not only that, but the constant friction between you and your spouse can be very hard on the children involved. If the two of you cannot communicate without arguing about the custody case, it is best to bring a third-party or a mediator into the mix that can relay messages back and forth between you two about the kids and keep arguments at bay. Likewise, it may be a good decision to have someone else help you pass the children back and forth after visits. 

Mistake: Trying to withhold the children from your ex without reasonable cause to do so. 

Why? No matter how scorned you may feel about your ex, holding the children from them is never a good thing. This is hard on the children, but can also look bad on you in family court. Until a decision is made by a judge, it is best to follow temporary custodial and visitation arrangements. 

Mistake: Not making an effort to see your children if your ex is withholding them from you. 

Why? If your ex is resistant to let you have visitation with your own children, don't just let the situation slide without talking to your attorney. Lack of effort to see your children may be viewed in a negative way once you do go to court. Do whatever you can to convince your ex partner that you want to see your children, and keep record of text messages, phone calls, and other communications that can be used as proof that you have tried.