It’s an unfortunate reality that society tends to view mothers as more important than fathers when it comes to child custody matters. The fact of the matter, though, is that fathers have rights that are recognized by the courts, and judges understand that men and women should be treated equally under the eyes of the law. Still, many men struggle with how much they should be involved in their children’s lives and how aggressive they should be in seeking visitation or child custody. Many women face a similar struggle when it comes to determining how much involvement they want their child’s father to have in their child’s life.
The importance of a father is undeniable
If you find yourself trying to figure out what’s best for your child, it’s best to understand just how important the presence of a father can be to a child. For example, children who have an active father in their life tend to avoid risky behaviors and are better equipped to develop healthy relationships. Some studies even suggest that children who have an active father have higher IQ scores and face far fewer psychological issues as they age into adulthood. These are just a few of the ways that a father can impact his child, and the effects touch nearly every aspect of a child’s life.
Considering what’s in your child’s best interests
Not all fathers are welcome in their children’s lives. This doesn’t mean that these men shouldn’t fight for the contact they deserve with their children. Yet, despite the benefits of a father’s presence, courts won’t automatically grant fathers the visitation or child custody arrangement they seek. Instead, a court is going to look at what type of arrangement furthers the child’s best interests, which means that an individual analysis is taken of the child, parents, and circumstances at hand.
Enter your custody case with confidence
These are emotional matters, but you need strong arguments based on the facts and the law to support your position. That’s why skilled attorneys like those at our firm stand ready for you to seek the outcome that is right for you, but more importantly the outcome that is best for your child.