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How a Father Can Secure Child Custody Privileges in a Family Law Case

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When you choose to end your marriage and obtain a divorce, the emotional process can be incredibly turbulent for everyone involved. Separating from a person you once loved and lived with can be one of the most difficult times in your life. The divorce process can be especially challenging when children are involved. For fathers, divorce can be downright scary, due to the fact that they are often perceived as being at a disadvantage in decisions related to child custody. However, with the proper preparation, you can protect your rights as a father and ensure that you will be able to maintain a close relationship with your children.

Addressing Child Custody Issues as a Father 

Nothing terrifies a parent more than feeling as though they may lose the ability to spend time with their children. As a father, you may have to grapple with the possibility that the judge will side with your children’s mother in your divorce case. Because of this, it is important for you to showcase your willingness to be the best parent possible as you work to secure significant custodial privileges. Taking these steps can be beneficial for your case:

  • Have Space for Your Children: While having emotional space in your life for your child is important, you will also need to ensure that you have physical space for them. In order to show that you are prepared and eager to care for your child, you should be sure that your home will provide for their needs. Make sure they have room to sleep and play and that your dwelling is in a safe and appropriate location where you can raise your child. 

  • Be Engaged: Maintaining an ongoing role in your child’s life throughout the emotional turbulence of a divorce can be challenging, but it is incredibly important. From a legal perspective, you should be able to display that you have an intimate understanding of your child’s interests, extracurricular activities, academic challenges, and other aspects of their lives. This will show that you have a close connection with your child. These little steps are sometimes overlooked in family law cases, but they can go a long way in the eyes of a judge. 

  • Understand Child Support Obligations: When speaking with your lawyer, you need to gain a solid understanding of all aspects of the divorce proceedings. As you work to address matters related to child custody, you should also be aware of potential child support obligations. In many cases, the father is the non-custodial parent, and they are required to pay child support to their former spouse. However, if you are looking to secure primary custody of your child, your ex-spouse may be required to pay child support that will help you meet your child’s ongoing needs. Speak with your attorney to determine the role that child support payments will play in your divorce. 

Contact a Los Gatos, CA Child Custody Lawyer

As mentioned above, divorce can be incredibly emotionally challenging, especially when children are involved. To ensure that your parental rights are protected throughout the divorce process, it is important to hire a skilled and compassionate attorney. At the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca, we are fully committed to assisting you in securing a positive outcome in your family law case. If you are considering divorce, or if you need to address child custody issues, call a skilled Los Gatos divorce attorney at 408-395-8822 to arrange a free consultation. 

Sources:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/us-child-support-statistics-2997994

 

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