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Last Updated on: 15th August 2023, 12:14 am
Protecting Fathers’ Rights in Child Custody Cases
Divorce proceedings are not only emotionally tasking on the couple seeking orders to end their marriage but also to their children. If you and your spouse had children, these children will no doubt be affected by the divorce. As a good father, your concern should be to shield your children from the after-effects of divorce. Both you and your partner can agree on joint custody for your children.
However, this is not always the case especially in divorce cases where one party feels aggrieved by the other. In such a case, the aggrieved party might seek to revenge by denying the other the rights to be with his children. The law often gives custody to the mother and assigns visitation rights to the father while at the same time expecting the father to be the only party paying child support. This is an anomaly that our experienced Father’s Rights Lawyer can help correct.
Protecting the Rights of Fathers
The end of a marriage does not mean the end of the father-child relationship. We believe that competent fathers should be assigned the same rights as competent mothers when it comes to dealing with support, visitation and custodial issues. It is important for your attorney to focus on the child or children you had in the marriage that has just come to an end. Children form unique bonds and relationships with their mothers and fathers. The bond between mother-child is as important as the bond between father-child. Cognizant of this fact, your Father’s Rights Lawyer will work on ensuring that your rights are protected.
Why Few Fathers Bother to Fight for Equal Custody Rights
Fathers are naturally protective of their children and would not want to expose them to gruesome custody hearings. This is partly why some fathers opt to allow mothers to become custodial parents after divorce. As a father, you can still become protective while at the same time enjoying equal rights to your children. Our father’s rights attorneys know exactly how to achieve this. Don’t give up the right to have a shared custody with your divorced wife. You can still be a great father to your kids even if you do not share the same roof with their mother.
Equal Parenting is a Right You Deserve, Here’s How to Get It:
- Don’t allow your wife to call all the shorts on how, when, where you will see your children. Document all the instances that your ex has denied you access to your children. You can then use this in court to plead your case.
- Hire an attorney to petition the court to assign your equal parenting time as your ex.
- Don’t allow the cost of battling a child custody case in court defeat your resolve to be present in your children’s lives.
- Be open to mediation before resorting to a full custody battle. You should only agree to a deal that allows you to have equal parenting time.
- Fight with a clear conscious. Don’t let the opinion of naysayers dampen your resolve to be present in your children’s lives.
- Ensure that your new house is child-friendly and has everything needed to safely raise your kids. A social worker is likely to visit to ensure that your new home is conducive.
How an Attorney Can Help
Our qualified father’s rights attorneys have experience in handling father’s rights issues that include:
- Paternity disputes
- Custody arrangements
- Visitation matters
- Shared custody cases
- Child support modifications
No matter the legal issue you find yourself in, our skilled father’s right lawyers are here to help you and ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today and let us help you with your case.
If you are a father of a child or children heading into divorce proceedings, you likely have many questions.
Your paramount concern very well may center on your rights as a father, during and after marriage dissolution proceedings.
As divorce proceedings commence, you must have a basic understanding of your legal rights. You need to appreciate how the law works in regard to a father and his children in a divorce setting. In addition, you must understand the reality that you best protect your legal rights by engaging the professional services of an experienced, tenacious Brooklyn father’s rights lawyer.
Legal Trends in Divorce and Father’s Rights
In the past, divorce laws and courts did favor women when it came to certain matters in marriage dissolution proceedings. The two primary areas in which women tended to be favored in divorce proceedings were in regard to matters pertaining to children and matters associated with money. In other words, in prior times, women tended to be favored in two of the most significant aspects of divorce proceedings.
Upon into the 1980s, alimony was awarded fairly commonly to women in divorce proceedings. In reality, women overall did have less favorable positions in regard to earning money and related issues. Thus, there existed some solid reasons in many cases why alimony was awarded with more significant frequency prior to the 1980s than is the case today.
When it came to issues in divorce cases pertaining to children, law, public policy, and the courts definitely favored women prior to the 1980s. Indeed, favoring women when it came to children in custody cases was written into the law in fairly direct ways.
By the 1980s, and certainly by the 1990s, states across the country began to actively revamp their laws to make statutes gender neutral when it came to issues like alimony and, particularly, child custody.
Although laws became gender neutral, the reality was that it took time, indeed takes time, for some courts to adapt to the idea that men have equal rights and standing in divorce proceedings when it comes to the custody of their children, and related issues.
Fathers and Parenting Time
Another trend has to move away from the concept of visitation to parenting time. A father who does not have primary custody of his child should never be relegated to the position or being a mere visitor in the life or his child or children. Hence, the development of parenting time. Ensuring that a noncustodial father obtains appropriate parenting time with his child or children is a vital concern in divorce proceedings.
Hire a Skilled Brooklyn Father’s Rights Lawyer
The first step you need to take in retaining the services of committed, experienced Brooklyn father’s rights lawyer is to schedule an initial consultation. If you are intent on fully protecting your legal rights and interests as they pertain to your child or children, you need to be proactive in retaining legal representation.
While any Brooklyn family law attorney is likely to have some experience in representing clients in divorce proceedings, not all have the same background in understanding and appreciating the unique needs of fathers in marriage dissolution proceedings. Therefore, you do need to focus on finding an attorney that works with fathers in marriage dissolution, or paternity, cases.
At an initial consultation, you will be able to flesh out a lawyer’s background in not only divorce matters, but in representing fathers. You will obtain an overview of your case and you will be able to raise any questions you might have about your situation. As a general rule, there is not fee assessed for a preliminary meeting with a Brooklyn father’s rights lawyer.