When it comes to child custody disputes during a divorce, fathers get the short end of the stick in many cases, despite the fact that courts do not discriminate against dads. Whether you are going for joint or full custody, you must be ready for the arduous battle.
The following are six helpful tips to help you get custody:
- Develop a strong relationship with your child. Whether it’s cooking food for your children or watching their favorite television shows with them, you should take an active role in their lives by being an integral part of the family unit. Additionally, you should develop a relationship with your children’s teachers, coaches, doctors, and any other important figure in your kids’ lives.
- Attend important events. A father who attends the children’s educational, social, sporting, religious, and other important events demonstrate a meaningful relationship with them. The court will depend on your attendance as evidence of a continuing, thriving relationship.
- Devise a plan. The judge will expect a father to be prepared for child custody, in the event custody is awarded. It is imperative to formulate well-informed answers to possible questions which are asked by the judge, such as questions about the children’s education, living accommodations, and being financially prepared.
- Keep accurate records. Always hold on to any evidence of money being spent on the welfare of your kids. If a father has an informal arrangement with the children’s mother, he should maintain records such as check receipts demonstrating financial support of the kids.
- Be respectful. A father who seeks child custody must always respect the children’s mother. The way you treat the mother of your children may be a factor in determining custody. Fathers who are the opposite will affect both the kids and the chances of getting custody.
- Consider mediation as an option. Prior to undergoing a hotly contested court hearing, think about settling the matter on your own teams, one that both parties can agree on. Not only is it a less stressful and private process, but it is also cheaper.