What are some pitfalls faced by newly divorced fathers?

You may not have imagined that you would ever get divorced, but now that is the reality you are facing. And if you are a father, you may be wondering how to handle all of the forthcoming changes. It is understandable if you are apprehensive. While your divorce may be necessary and good for all involved, including your child, it also creates a new set of circumstances for which you may not be quite prepared.

According to some psychologists who focus on the issues that confront divorcing fathers, there are a number of common pitfalls that you should try to avoid. For example, it is a bad idea to yield to the hostility you feel for your ex. Continuing to fight with your ex will not produce positive results. On the other hand, compromising is not only better emotionally for your child, but it could also pave the way for your ex to agree to more flexible custody terms.

Additionally, sometimes men are not as hands-on when it came to parenting while married. If you let your spouse be the predominant caretaker you may now be unsure of your role in your child's life. The temptation could be to compensate by being the "fun parent" and constantly showering your child with presents and exciting outings. In reality, your child needs a father who is attentive to their emotional and developmental needs rather than a cool best friend.

You can learn to be a great father and form a healthy bond with your child. And an experienced fathers' rights attorney can help you craft a parenting agreement that includes custody terms that grant you the time you and your child need to grow together.

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