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5 steps to take if you lose child custody in Louisiana

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | Child Custody |

Louisiana courts make custody decisions with the best interests of the child in mind. If you have lost custody, it means the court has determined that another parent or guardian can better meet the child’s needs at that time.

When faced with such a situation, it is important to know the steps to take to address the issue and work towards a resolution that benefits both you and your child.

1. Maintain open communication

Losing custody does not mean losing your relationship with your child. It is helpful to maintain open and healthy communication with your child. Keep lines of communication open through visits, phone calls and other forms of contact allowed by the custody agreement. Consistent communication can help reassure your child and strengthen your bond.

2. Follow the court’s orders

Compliance with the court’s orders is essential. Adhere to the custody agreement and visitation schedule diligently. Failure to do so can negatively impact your chances of regaining custody in the future. Document all interactions and follow any court-mandated counseling or parenting classes.

3. Seek mediation

If you believe that changes in circumstances warrant a custody modification, seek mediation with the other parent or guardian. Mediation can be an effective way to discuss and negotiate custody arrangements outside of the courtroom, focusing on what is best for the child.

4. Address any concerns

If you have concerns about the child’s well-being in the other parent’s care, document these concerns and bring them to the attention of the court. Provide evidence and examples to support your claims while maintaining a respectful and constructive approach.

5. Petition for custody modification

Mediation and communication do not always lead to a resolution. If this is the case, you may need to petition the court for a custody modification. Ensure you have valid reasons for requesting the change, such as significant changes in circumstances or evidence of a better living environment for the child.

Losing child custody in Louisiana can be a difficult and emotional experience, but it does not have to be the end of your relationship with your child. By following these steps and focusing on your child’s best interests, you can work towards a resolution that ensures their well-being and allows you to maintain a meaningful presence in their life.