Many fathers wrongly assume that they have a disadvantage when it comes to child custody disputes. In fact, if any parent has less of a chance of winning a child custody lawsuit, it probably doesn't have anything to do with gender. What it has everything to with is which parent was more involved in the child's care and upbringing during the marriage.
From this perspective, if a father wants to have the same chance of winning child custody as the mother in a given dispute, he needs to prove that he was just as involved in caring for the child's daily needs as the mother. Here are a few tips for fathers who want to have the best chances of winning a child custody matter:
Stay up to date on child support: If you are tasked with paying temporary or permanent child support, make all of your payments on time every time.
Establish a great relationship with your kids: Staying in touch with your kids and spending time with them will keep your relationship strong. The court will want to see evidence of this.
Keep accurate records: Consider keeping a diary of all the activities you enjoy and assist with concerning your children. This will help you have evidence of your parental participation with the court.
Don't miss school events: School gatherings are important for you to attend. Go to events, parent-teacher meetings and participate in field trips if you can.
There are more things fathers can do to increase their chances of winning a child custody dispute. One of the best things you can do, however, is to get in touch with a Pennsylvania child custody attorney who can advocate to protect and defend your parental rights.