So your marriage is coming to an end. You’re probably feeling a lot of emotions as you struggle to figure out how to tell your friends, family, children, and even your spouse that you’re getting a divorce. You might also be worried about the financial implications of marriage dissolution. While these matters are certainly important, they can pale in comparison to issues affecting your children.
If you’re a father, then you might be concerned that the deck is stacked against you with regard to child custody matters. After all, the law seems to give mothers preferential treatment in child custody disputes. However, a father can play a critical role in a child’s development in the following ways:
- Reducing the child’s risk of engaging in risky behavior
- Maybe increasing the child’s IQ score
- Fostering the development of healthy relationships
- Promoting problem-solving skills
- Supporting the development of social skills
These are just a few of the positive influences you can have on your children. However, it’s going to be up to you to prove why you deserve to play the role you want in your children’s lives. While this means showing how your proposed child custody plan supports the children’s best interests, it might also mean putting forth evidence as to why the plan of the children’s other parent doesn’t. So, you might need to gather evidence of substance abuse, physical and emotional abuse, financial instability, and anything else that might affect your children.
These are delicate matters, of course, and they can be fraught with emotions. But as challenging as they can be to contend with, you can find support. A qualified legal professional may be able to help you cut through the emotions and negotiate or litigate a resolution that is fair and favorable by presenting arguments that put your children first.