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Child Custody for Fathers

How Fathers Can Win Child Custody


It's often assumed that mothers always get child custody when parents separate, but that's not exactly true. Legally, fathers have as much of a chance of getting child custody as mothers do. Here are some considerations for fathers who hope to win child custody:

Factors Considered in Child Custody for Fathers'

A father who wants to get child custody should consider the following factors that may be used to determine a child custody case:

  • Adequate Documentation - A father who is interested in getting child custody should prepare all appropriate documentation regarding visitation schedules and child support payments prior to a court hearing.
  • Courtroom Etiquette - A father who is interested in getting child custody should refrain from all courtroom outbursts and shows of anger. Courtroom outbursts may adversely affect the outcome of a child custody case.
  • Courtroom Dress - A father who is interested in getting child custody should wear a dark suit and dress shoes to court. A father should avoid casual wear to all courtroom hearings.
  • The Best Interests of the Child - In awarding custody to a father, a court will consider the best interests of a child. A father, seeking custody of a child, should be prepared to explain in court why sharing custody with a child's mother, does not serve the child's best interests.

Obstacles to Fathers Getting Child Custody

There are certain obstacles involved with fathers getting child custody including:

  • Paternity Determination - If parents are not married, a court may want a father to provide proof of paternity prior to ordering custody.
  • The Other Parent's Wishes - The child's mother may also request custody and a court of law is reluctant not to offer joint custody, unless extenuating circumstances exist such as domestic violence.
  • The Child's Wishes - The court may also consider a child's wishes prior to awarding a father custody of a child. depending on the age of the child and the child custody laws of that particularly state.

For more information about how fathers can get child custody, speak with a qualified attorney in your state or refer to more references about strategies to help fathers win child custody.

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