For Dads, custody can be difficult to win, even though the courts do not discriminate against dads. Whether you are a father going for full custody or joint custody, you should be prepared for a difficult child custody battle, especially if the child’s mother is also filing for custody.
Consider the following tips to help yourself gain custody. These are a few suggestions to help fathers stay involved in their child’s life.
- Pay Child Support Payments – Don’t skip any payments. If your circumstances have changed, report it immediately.
- Build a Strong Relationship – Be there for your children. Actions speak louder than words. Don’t punish your children because you are mad at your ex.
- Maintain Accurate Records – Emails, texts, school, and medical records are all important.
- Attend Important School and Social Gatherings – Take lots of pictures. Donuts for Dads, Father-Daughter Dances. These are important to your child. They want to feel included.
- Prepare a Space For Your Child in Your Home – It’s their home too, have your child help decorate so they feel at home and it’s their own space.
- Have a Plan – Are you ready for custody? Where will your child go after school? Babysitters? Activities?
- Be Respectful to your ex especially during exchanges. Your child is watching or listening. Do not argue at an exchange.
- Be Honest With Yourself – Is this something you can do? Parenting is 24/7 and there isn’t any sick or time off. Please make sure you are ready.
- When in Doubt, Ask Someone Wiser Than You – Your Attorney won’t steer you wrong!!
- Consider Mediation or Arbitration. Custody doesn’t’ have to end up in court if you are both willing to come together to work out a plan that is best for your child’s best interests.
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