If you have found yourself in a custody battle after becoming separated from your partner, you may be doubtful about whether you will be successful in gaining custody going forward. As a father, you may be feeling particularly insecure, because you may have been led to believe that the mother has a higher chance of gaining custody.
Child custody courts take many factors into account when determining child custody. However, they are not permitted to discriminate against fathers or mothers. Instead, they try to look at the relationship that the child has with each parent, the routines of each parent and the needs of each child. From there, they aim to find an arrangement that is in the best interests of the child. If you are concerned about gaining custody of your children as a father, take the time to understand the things that could increase your chances.
Invest in creating a strong relationship with your child
Child custody courts will only grant custody if they can see that you have a strong and positive relationship with your child. If it is believed that you do not have a positive relationship with your child or if you are deemed to be a risk to them, likely, you will not be able to gain custody.
Pay child support obligations
Paying any child support obligations on time will be an indication to the courts that you prioritize the well-being of your children.
Make sure that you have space for your child in your home
Custody will only be granted if the courts can see that you have an appropriate and safe environment for your child. They should have their own private space in your home, and it should be a place in which they feel comfortable.
Make sure that you have space for your child in your schedule
You should also make sure that you have time for your child in your schedule and show that you are able to spend quality time with them while they are in your care.
If you are worried about gaining custody as a father, understand your rights and take action as soon as possible.