How you portray yourself can have a huge impact on whether you obtain child custody or not. 

The biggest consideration in any child custody case is the child’s best interest. That’s why any parent who is seeking custody of their child needs to act in a way that demonstrates that they have their child’s best interest at heart. Unfortunately, even a small, seemingly inconsequential mistake, like showing up late for visitations with your child or lying about the other parent, could have major consequences for your case. Luckily, there are common do’s and don’ts for any child custody case that can help you make the right impression. The following is a list from our child custody lawyer in Hauppauge of some of the do’s and don’ts of seeking custody:


  • Everything you can do to see your child as much as you can.
  • Make your time with your child fun and enjoyable.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to cooperate with your child’s other parent.
  • Prepare evidence if the other parent is unfit to care for your child or is dangerous.


  • Cancel, reschedule or show up late to scheduled visits with your child.
  • Forget to be a good parent while you are having fun with your child.
  • Lie about the other parent or try to keep them away or alienate them from your child.
  • Make any accusations about the other parent that you can’t provide evidence to support.

Do you have questions or concerns about your child custody case? If so, contact us! Our attorney has over twenty years of experience, and she is always happy to help!