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Are fathers fighting hard enough for child custody?

The perception that family courts in California discriminate against fathers in child custody cases is generally false. Most family courts have accepted the modern perspective of shared child custody, as long as it is in the best interests of the children. Fathers are entitled to exercise the same parental rights as mothers, and, if the court seems biased, they should be prepared to fight for their legal rights.

In modern society, most parents share responsibility for their children. Most fathers are, therefore, fully equipped to care for their children. To satisfy the court, a father may have to show that he is nurturing and loving and has the time to devote to caring for his children. The court will consider the children's relationships with each parent, along with each parent's ability to support the children financially. The level of communication between the parents will also play a significant role in the court's decision about child custody.

Fathers who are serious about maintaining strong relationships with their children may want to be prepared to show the court that they are willing and capable of providing for the needs of their children. It may be a good idea to retain the services of an experienced child custody attorney who supports the idea of fathers exercising their parental rights. An attorney can also help prepare them for court procedures.

California parents who agree about sharing child custody may benefit from mediation services provided by many law firms. A mediator can facilitate communication and compromise and assist in the drafting of a parenting plan that will benefit both parents, while protecting the best interests of the children. Presenting such a plan to a family court, along with proof of an existing parent-child relationship may benefit a father in his quest to obtain joint or sole custody.

Source:, "Parental Rights and the Perception of Bias in Child Custody Cases", Debrina Washington, Jan. 5, 2015

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