How are father's rights handled regarding child custody?


Decades ago, it was generally understood and widely accepted that the father of a family would go out and earn a living while the mother and wife stayed home, took care of the home and children. Times have changed considerably since then; in today's workplace, more and more women are working and often climbing the corporate ladder as much as men. Since things have changed in the workplace, changes can also be reflected in the changing of gender roles at home as well.

Today, more and more men are now staying home and taking care of the family while the mother and wife is out working. This change is also being recognized in the courts when it comes to divorce and decisions regarding child custody. The courts take the best interests of the child very serious when it comes to all aspects of divorce including not only child custody but child support, alimony and even property division when it comes to a custodial parent wanting to stay in the home.

There are several factors that are taken into consideration including the relationship each child has with each parent, each parent's ability to support the children and even the child's wishes and opinion about the relationship they share with their parents.

Decisions made in court can have long-term and even life-long consequences. You owe it to your children and yourself to protect your fathers' rights in the courts. This may mean teaming up with a firm familiar with family law to help you along the way. These decisions are too important to be taken lightly.

Source: the spruce, "Factors Used to Determine Child Custody for Fathers," Debrina Washington, September 28, 2016

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