On the one hand, custody battles often generate negative emotions. For example, many parents struggle with anxiety in the wake of a dispute over the custody of their child and some become angry as well. Depression is not uncommon, either, and all of these emotions make it harder for many parents to work through their divorce and find an optimal outcome with respect to custody. 

Courts consider many factors when making custody decisions and depression (as well as other negative emotions) can affect a parent’s ability to secure custody rights. It is important to prepare for your custody case and any emotional hurdles that arise. 

Minimizing stress 

For starters, it is helpful for parents to lower their levels of stress during a custody dispute. This is accomplished in different ways, but many parents benefit from spending time with those they love, finding a new hobby and enjoying various activities to take their minds off of their problems. Moreover, gaining a clear understanding of all legal options is also helpful and many parents are able to gain confidence and reduce their negative emotions by preparing and reviewing their legal options. 

Talking with your ex 

Sometimes, people have the ability to discuss these issues with their former partner. For example, some people reduce tension and find the ability to collaborate with their spouse. However, many custody disputes are very hostile and this is not always an option. If a bitter custody dispute is placing strain on your emotional health, it is imperative to address your challenges and understand your options. Our website covers more on custody disputes.