Generally, women are perceived to be more nurturing than men. While that’s just one of those gender stereotypes that are not necessarily true, you might be worried that it will work against you in your child custody case.
Fortunately, the law does not operate like that. When deciding custody matters, the court takes an impartial stance. The children’s best interests always come first when determining custody.
The court’s considerations when deciding on custody
The children always take center stage in custody matters, rather than the gender of the parents. Therefore, the child’s needs and the ability of the parent to meet them are among the initial considerations. Other important factors that weigh in include:
- Each parent’s living conditions
- The parent’s relationship with the children before the divorce
- The age of the children
- The child’s preferences, if they are old enough
- Instances of abuse or neglect
All these will inform how custody is shared. Still, it is necessary as a father to counteract unconscious bias that may work against you in your custody proceedings.
Protecting your interests
Mothers tend to spend more time with the children, and it is little surprise that most custody cases go their way. However, it does not mean you can’t step up as a father and provide the necessary care to your children.
As such, it is crucial to be aware of your parental rights and protect them throughout the custody proceeding. The decision issued by the court may define your future relationship with the children and your place in their lives.
You should not settle for less just because of baseless assumptions that put fathers second in the pecking order. Make sure you have experienced legal guidance by your side.