A father's role in his children's lives can't be understated. They learn from him and rely on him for support. Despite a divorce, your children know who you are and how you act around them, and they know that they want you with them.
As a father, you want to be there for your children, but you worry that the courts won't give you the custody rights you deserve. It's possible to make a good impression in court that helps your case. Here are three tips for standing out as an exceptional father.
1. Focus on your child
The best fathers don't have to explain why they're so great, because their children do it for them. They talk about wanting to see their parent and actively enjoy being with him. Fathers who show a genuine interest in their children make an impression on those around them, so others can also positively comment on their commitment to family.
2. Be respectful
Whether it's being respectful of an outspoken to-be-ex-wife or staying calm in court, showing that you have an even temper helps your custody case. The court wants to place a child with the parent who is balanced and best able to handle him or her. When deciding between a calm parent and one lashing out or blaming the other, the judge may look to you with favor.
3. Stay firm in your commitment
If you are seeking joint or primary custody, don't waiver. Be firm in your demands while being reasonable and considerate of the other parent's wishes. It's vital to establish with the court that you're eager to participate in your child's life and that you're willing to go the distance to make that happen.
These are just a few ways you can show your devotion to your children and your balance as a good role model and father. With the right approach, it will be clear to the court that you're someone who needs to remain in your child's life as much as possible.