In this 2 part post, I provide child custody advice Texas dads need to know in preparation for a child custody fight!
If you are going through a divorce then this is likely to be an incredibly painful and destructive period. You are breaking up with someone who you thought you would always be with, and you are losing many of your belongings and the stability that many of us crave – not to mention the financial blow. Often the worst part for a parent though, and particularly for Fathers, is losing custody of the children.
The court system is unfortunately unfairly skewed towards Mothers when it comes to child custody, and many Fathers find themselves losing out. This can be a heartbreaking experience and often results in the Father paying maintenance while hardly ever getting to see their children. If you do want to fight for custody of your children it will be a difficult battle, but there is some advice that can help. Here we will look at some things that can help, as well as some things you need to be aware of when you do.
Make sure you get proper legal advice
This is absolutely paramount, and without getting a good lawyer who specializes in the subject then you will be at a great disadvantage right from the start. Ensure that you spend a lot on your lawyer and that you have a better lawyer than your ex wife.
Establish yourself early on
Make sure that your wife knows you intend to fight for custody of your children before your divorce even goes through. Every argument that will come from this will be better had behind closed doors than it will in a court of law, and this way you can both explain yourselves. At the same time it will come as less of a shock to both your ex wife and your children.
Build on your relationship with your children
Obviously you shouldn’t be ‘bribing’ your children to want to stay with you as that is not fair on either them or your ex wife. However you should make sure that your relationship with your children is as strong as it can be. This will also help them through the process.
Think about logistics
If you do win custody, how are you going to make it logistically possible. Who will collect them from school? Can you get time off of work? What will you do at weekends? How will you fun it? The clearer the picture you have in your head of the future, the more likely you are to be able to convince a judge, and the more prepared you will be when it actually happens.
In this 2 part post, I provide child custody advice Texas dads need to know in preparation for a child custody fight! Have other questions? Call! No charge for the initial consultation.