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Drunk voicemail cost woman custody of her children

Many Jefferson County divorcees find that from the time a divorce is initiated to the time a settlement is reached, they are exceptionally stressed on a regular basis. While some of this may be unavoidable, it is important for divorcing parties to make focus on staying levelheaded throughout the process, particularly in cases involving a child custody dispute.

One divorce blogger describes an instance that illustrates the severe consequences that can result when a divorcing person gives in to the stress of the situation. She recounts the story of a woman whose drunk, expletive-ridden voicemail was used against her in divorce proceedings. The recording, which had been left on her ex-husband’s phone, was played in court and resulted in a lost custody battle for her children.

The author notes that this situation is one in which many divorcing parties may find themselves, as the process of dissolving a marriage is so stressful and scary that people can easily make bad behavioral decisions. To combat such urges, she offers several tips for managing behavior, such as: do not allow the documentation of communications that may paint you as an irresponsible person or parent, do not self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, and do not speak badly about an ex in front of the children or strangers.

For those who are going through a divorce and fighting for visitation rights or joint custody of their children, having a lawyer guide can be a good way of combating stress. By employing an attorney, you can be sure that the technical details of your divorce are being handled by a professional, which can allow you to focus on your emotional and mental health. If this sounds beneficial, you may want to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Source: Huffington Post, “Newly Separated? Don’t Do Anything Stupid!” Jackie Pilossoph, Apr. 7, 2014. 

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