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September 2017 Archives

Access to support that single dads need

Over the years, the percentage of households that consist of single dads rather than two parents or single moms has increased rapidly. But unfortunately, there is often not much support out there for the specific needs of single dads and their children. Because of the traditional scenario of single moms taking full or majority custody of their children, there are a lot of resources out there for mothers. But when it comes to dads, it might feel like the cards are stacked against them, especially when it comes to finding supports and resources.

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.

Fathers in Texas continue the fight for custody rights

We've heard it for years: When it comes to custody of a child, mothers are given preferential treatment by the courts. Many men heading into divorce don't even bother to try, due to what they perceive as an expensive, uphill battle. The truth is, though, Texas family law courts expect both parents to share their rights and responsibilities as parents. Equally true, however, is that the mother will be awarded primary conservatorship in the majority of cases when the issue is under dispute. But is that due to bias toward the mother, or other factors taken into consideration?

The harsh reality of being a single father

Everyone wants the best for their children, and with that a secure family unit is seen by society as the ideal. But often that is not realistic; relationships fall apart, rifts divide and parents separate or decide to divorce. But just because a family is not a traditional unit doesn't mean that you cannot provide a loving support system for your children. More fathers than ever are single fathers, and although it can be difficult to raise your children partially or completely alone, it's a great foundation for a child's development.

How to legally establish paternity

If unmarried parents separate, it is extremely important from a child custody perspective for the father to establish legal paternity. In order to do this, you usually have to start a court case. The exact procedure varies from state to state, but in an ideal situation, it should be done immediately after the child is born.