Traditional wisdom states that in child custody issues, the law will always favor the mother over the father. While that may be true in cases involving infants or small children, especially in the de facto sense of the law, the courts are evening the playing field where fathers are concerned.
Mothers are often given the benefit of the doubt regarding parenting skills. In fact, judges rarely remove small children and infants from the care of their mothers unless physical abuse or substance abuse can be proven. Mothers of older children face a more level legal field. Children over the age of 12 can select the parent with whom they want to reside. In the end, the court will always attempt to make the best decision for the child involved.
While both parents have a legal right to be fully involved in their child’s life, fathers still face an uphill battle in regard to custody. This is especially true if the father is seeking primary custody of the child. You will need a team of experienced divorce attorneys to work with you to ensure that all your legal rights are defended to the fullest extent of the law.
The Best Solution for the Children
Child custody issues are fraught with emotional turmoil for everyone involved, especially the children, who may blame themselves for the dissolution of the family. To ease the process and actively care for your children’s needs, you and your ex-spouse will need to work together, if possible, to create the best environment for your children. This may involve compromising on child custody issues, including joint custody, visitation and child support.
Protecting Your Rights
Child custody issues present a delicate balancing act for the courts and the parties involved. Each party should have an equal say in the outcome. Your attorney should work diligently for you to ensure that your parental rights remain intact and exercised under the law.
For legal representation for child custody issues in Texas or Arizona, contact the experienced legal professionals at Goldstein & Scopellite, PC.