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Father’s rights help relationships with children after divorce

You love your children. You take pride in being a great father. You enjoy teaching and nurturing your children. Unfortunately, you and your spouse have decided that your marriage will not work out. The two of you have come to the conclusion that it is best to divorce. You know that this is the best thing for the two of you, but you worry about your relationship with your children.

You’ve heard that mothers are favored by the courts. This makes you worry that you will miss out. While, courts used to favor mothers in determining custody, this is not necessarily the case anymore. California considers both parents when deciding custody.

As you divorce, set yourself up for continued successful relationships with your children.

  • Know what it means to have joint custody. You will want to continue to be active in making decisions for your child. Joint custody allows you to have a say in health, education and other important aspects of your child’s life. The parental decisions are shared between you and the mother. The two of you should work together for the well-being of your children.
  • Understand your physical custody rights and utilize that time. You will want to really consider how much time you can devote to your children. You and your spouse will be separated, and if you both work, this may be tricky. You don’t want to under-estimate the time you can spend with your child. Figure out when you’re available and communicate this during proceedings. If you and your spouse are on good terms, try to discuss your availabilities together to help come up with a plan.
  • Know that you can request modifications to agreements. Circumstances change. Don’t be afraid to seek modifications if they become necessary. You have the right to have the situation re-evaluated to best serve your children. You make ask for modifications to child support, spousal support or custody arrangements.

The courts want what is in the best interest of your children. As a father, you want that too. It is your top priority. You should consider making a parenting plan with your spouse to help address how you will co-parent moving forward. Decide how you will communicate, discipline and handle major events with your children.

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