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How to Cope with Losing Custody of a Child

If you were involved in a child custody dispute that resulted in a loss of custody, you may be feeling overwhelmed with a myriad of emotions. For a parent, there is often nothing more important than their children, so coping with this loss can feel near impossible. Continue reading for some advice on how to navigate this emotionally challenging experience.

Dealing with the Emotional Costs of Losing Child Custody

Regardless of what led to the loss of custody, the aftermath can be extremely difficult for a parent to overcome. You may be feeling depressed, angry, or completely inconsolable to the point where it may be interfering with your ability to get through everyday life. In some cases, these feelings can drive a parent to make decisions that may be counterproductive, so it is crucial to manage your emotions to avoid further worsening the situation.

Here are some tips on how to cope with this:

  • Seek counseling or therapy: There are professionals who specialize in working with clients who have lost custody of their children. Working with a counselor or therapist who is particularly equipped to help you deal with the issues you will face in the aftermath of this loss can help you get through this rough patch.
  • Understand that patience is key: You cannot immediately return to court to seek custody of your children, so it is important to be patient. Instead of focusing on how you feel about the results, focus on how you can change them in the future. You need to take this time to materially change your circumstances, so that a judge will see that restoring custody with you would serve the best interests of the children.
  • Keep your children out of it: Although you have a lot of feelings about losing custody of your children, it is important not to complain about it to your children. There is no reason for them to be caught in the line of fire, so keep any thoughts you might have about their other parent or the situation to yourself when you are with them.

Contact a Compassionate Child Custody Attorney to Discuss the Details of Your Case!

If you lost custody of your children, the experienced legal team at Zahn Law Office will work with you to retore custody. We understand how difficult this situation is and will provide the compassionate legal support you need to get through it.

Reach out to our law office today at (805) 804-9100 to schedule a consultation and learn more about what we can do for you.