It’s a common myth that mothers have an advantage in court when they’re seeking custody. For one reason or another, the idea that a mother’s maternal instincts trump a father’s care has always been a strong myth, but it’s one that needs to be dispelled. In court, the truth is that both parents should have an equal right to seek custody or visitation.
Either fathers or mothers can raise their children well. Gender has nothing to do with the care that a person provides to a child. Courts do, on the whole, like to see both parents participate in raising their children following divorce, except for in certain circumstances where doing so would be dangerous or unacceptable.
As a father, you may feel like you are at a disadvantage, but you shouldn’t be. There are some things you can do to make a better case, though. For example, you can:
- Negotiate and be open to suggestions. Showing that you are willing to work with the other parent will paint you in a more positive light.
- Show that your children are your priority. Show that you take part in their activities and play an active role in their lives.
- Pay support on time, if you owe it, or use support to build a better life for your children in your home.
Overall, you want to show that you are invested in raising your children in the most positive manner possible. Show that you are taking time for them and want to be there. A judge will be able to tell if you are involved in your children’s life and are having a positive influence on them.