If you’re a father, don’t assume that you’re going to lose your child custody case. It’s important to remember that mothers and father have the same legal rights to the custody of a child until one of the other gives up or is denied custody rights.
Gender Bias Fears
For a lot of fathers, this might seem like news. A lot of fathers give up the custody battle out of fear of losing to a gender “bias.” Luckily, this fear is unfounded. Rather, fathers should do all they can to pursue child custody rights. In fact, the longer a father allows the mother to dictate rules regarding custody, the more likely he is to lose out on the bigger battle.
Custody Decided Outside of Court
According to DivorcePeers.com a majority of child custody cases are decided outside of the courts through mediation and custodial agreements. In fact, only 4 percent of custody cases went to trial, and only 1.5 percent completed custody litigation. This is putting to bed rumors that mothers always win custody.
What to Do
In fact, a child needs a father just as much as a mother. So, if you are a father wanting equal parenting time, don’t just assume that you’re going to lose. Here are some steps you should take:
- Don’t allow your wife to dictate when, where, or how often you will see your child.
- Hire an attorney, or file a pre se petition that a court in order to establish equal parenting time.
- Do not feel dissuaded by allegations that father’s never receive custody.
- Don’t let the financial costs of a child custody battle deter you from your fight for custody.
- Don’t agree to spend less time with your child without going through the mediation process or custody battle.
- Hiring a lawyer will help ensure you build the best case for your child custody dispute.
Source: Divorce Support, A Father’s Legal Rights to Child Custody Before and During Divorce, 2014
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