Fathers play an important role in the development and daily lives of their children. While common misconceptions exist about the outcome of divorce cases for fathers, courts recognize and appreciate the unique role of the father in a child’s life. Finding an attorney that is knowledgeable about fathers’ rights is an important step in the divorce process, as doing so ensures that both the interest of the father and the child are protected.
As society moves away from traditional gender roles, both parents have taken on the caretaker role in the home. Due to this shift, courts have become more objective in determining custody schedules, parenting time and child support, regardless of either parent’s gender.
Co-Parenting Effectively is Key
Whenever possible, maintaining an amicable relationship with an ex-spouse is important. Having a positive relationship post-divorce is beneficial for the well-being of both parents and, most importantly, the children involved. Studies have shown that children thrive during and after major life changes if they feel their needs are met and emotional support is provided by both parents. If a situation is hostile or extremely contentious, exploring counseling options for yourself and a child is a viable option.
Following Schedules and Making Best Use of Time
Ensuring a smooth transition between parenting times is essential to minimizing stress and providing a healthy environment for a child. This involves honoring set parenting schedules, not speaking negatively about an ex-spouse and making the most of the time a child spends in your care. Keeping open lines of communication with children and continuing to be actively involved in their daily activities will help preserve the father-child relationship. Keeping all interactions positive during the divorce will help ensure an easy transition into the new normal when the process is over.
Knowing your rights as a father and preparing for the custody portion of your divorce can be difficult and, often, confusing. Finding an empathetic and experienced attorney early can reduce stress and help ensure the best possible outcome for your case.