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A dad's guide to custody battles

As a dad, it can be heartbreaking to go through a custody battle to fight for time with your kids. This is not made easier by the fact that many expect mothers to get the majority of the time with their children. Maybe you are involved in a battle where the mother is determined to get full custody, perhaps you believe that you should be entitled to a 50/50 time split, or perhaps you are concerned about the mother's ability to parent.

This blog will provide a brief insight into some top tips for fathers that want their voice heard, want a fair chance to raise their children and have a custody agreement that they deserve.

Keep child custody and child support separate conversations

If you bring up child support issues when trying to win more child custody, it may be assumed that you have alternative motives and your main interest is to bring down the costs of your current child support ruling. You should be aware of this and make sure that you keep the two conversations separate.

Start with ambitious goals

As in any negotiation, you should start with a high demand, with the expectation that you may have to change position based on getting a mutual agreement. For example, if want you really want is a 50/50 custody split, then you should request more from the beginning of the negotiations.

Find an attorney that you trust

As a father, you might feel that you are the underdog from the start. Therefore it's important that you work with an attorney that you are comfortable with and that you know will fight your corner.

Source: Findlaw, "Custody battles - the tip five things dads should know," accessed Sep. 20, 2017

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