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Tips for fathers in protecting their rights after divorce

47872874_S (1).jpgWhen Missouri parents get a divorce, they may be concerned about child custody negotiations and how much time they will be able to spend with their children. Some fathers might be worried that the rights of the mother will be prioritized over the rights of the father although both parents are supposed to have equal footing in a custody dispute.

There are several things fathers can do to protect their rights. It is important to be realistic about requests for custody and visitation. Fathers should have the physical space for the children in their home as well as the time to spend with them. They may also need to examine their emotions toward the other parent and let those emotions go. Putting the best interest of the child first is critical. Parents might also need to step away from small conflicts, such as what the child will wear.

It might be helpful to work with an attorney. Fathers can use the legal system to protect their rights, but they need to understand how it works. There are more mothers who are custodial parents than fathers, but this does not mean that fathers cannot get custody or that they will be cut off from their children after a divorce.

Even if the mother is the custodial parent, the father may still have visitation time that is nearly 50 percent. Parents might also agree to share custody. If they cannot reach an agreement, they may have to go to court. The father might want to bring documentation to show his involvement with the child, such as evidence of taking the child to medical appointments or attending school meetings. Courts may try to keep children with the primary caregiver, but also recognize the importance of making sure the child has a relationship with both parents.

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