If you have watched any television in the last four decades, you are familiar with the concept of having the right to remain silent. These “Miranda” rights are a crucial component of our criminal justice system and protections for the accused.
You may be less familiar with the importance of remaining silent before, during, and after a family law case such as a divorce or custody battle. While you don’t have Miranda rights under Virginia or Maryland family law, it is usually in your best interest to save your talking for your attorney and allow them to guide you to an outcome that works best for you and your children.
Remaining Silent is Easier Said Than Done
We understand how difficult it can be to bite your tongue in the midst of a family law dispute. No matter how right you are or how wrong your ex is, nothing good will come from yelling at them or airing out your differences in the public square. Trashing your ex on social media or complaining about them in front of your kids can do many things for your standing in family court, and none of them are good.
Just like you cannot talk your way out of a criminal arrest, you will not be able to complain or vent your way into a family law outcome that serves your interests. Instead, cooperate where possible and let your attorney pursue your interests when there are disagreements. This is especially important for parents, as they will almost certainly have to co-parent until their children are adults.
Do It For Your Children
Nothing is more important than protecting your children. If you can’t keep quiet for yourself, do it for your children. They should not be burdened with their parents’ disagreements, used as a pawn in family law disputes, or be expected to solve disagreements between their parents.