Often when a judge rules in a child custody case, they will rule in favor of the children’s mother.
Only 17.5 percent of custodial parents are fathers, according to Census.gov. However, many fathers provide excellent care for their children and deserve to preserve their rights during custody cases.
During custody battles, some plaintiffs may falsely claim domestic abuse, negligence, and more to win full custody of the children.
At Knox Law Center, we believe both parents deserve custody rights if they provide equal loving care to the children.
How Can I Win Custody As The Child’s Father?
As the child’s father, your best course of action to win custody is to hire an experienced family lawyer who knows how to navigate the legal world of custody battles. An experienced lawyer will help you build the most robust case to win custody.
To help your case, one of the best things you can do is pay your child support payments on time and in full to establish a track record of your support and financial ability to care for your child.
Just as important, build a strong relationship with your child. Depending on the child’s age, a judge usually talks to the child privately to see where the child wants to live. One of the best pieces of evidence in your favor will be your kid expressing they want to live with you.
Next, keep all your records. Unfortunately, child custody cases can become dirty, so you’ll need to be ready with any instances when the child’s mother was late to pick up the child or did something not in the child’s best interest.
Can I Get Sole Custody Of My Child As The Father?
Depending on the relationship between you and the child’s mother, there are a few ways custody can be divided:
- sole legal custody and sole physical custody to one parent
- sole physical custody and joint (shared) legal custody
- joint physical custody and joint legal custody, or
- sole legal custody and joint physical custody (rare).
How custody is determined will be dependent on your desire to have joint or sole custody and the emotional and financial competence of both parents.
What Should I Do If I’m In A Child Custody Battle?
If you’re fighting for custody of your child, call the Knox Law Center right away. We can help you build a robust case to win the necessary time with your child that you can’t get back.
We offer free consultations to all clients to help you understand how we’d handle your case and how we could best help you.
We understand child custody cases can be emotional and want to help you preserve your rights as the child’s parent.