In our experience we have found fathers feel they will be treated unfairly in custody negotiations. We understand this feeling and believe it is critical for fathers to be acknowledged as an equal co-parent in parenting plans. Kids need both of their parents – maybe for different reasons, but both are needed. Here are a few thoughts related to fathers’ rights in a Texas divorce.
1. Rights and Responsibilities: Fathers often believe that family courts tend to favor mothers in child-rearing decisions. However, it’s important to note that even if a mother has “primary custody,” fathers have a voice in their child’s well-being. Choosing the right attorney can ensure that mothers must consult with you on important matters concerning your child without acting unilaterally.
Fathers usually have the right to participate in making decisions about medical, dental, surgical, psychiatric, psychological, and educational matters for their children. Asserting these parental rights and actively participating in your child’s upbringing is crucial for fathers.
2. Equal Custody Arrangements: Some fathers seek a 50-50 custody schedule not solely for financial reasons but to spend more quality time with their children. However, it’s a common misconception that a 50-50 custody arrangement automatically means no child support. Child support is generally presumed to be in the child’s best interest. This support can take various forms, including guideline child support, offsetting child support, or deviations from guideline support.
3. Emotional Well-being: Men often experience profound emotional challenges during divorce and custody disputes. Unfortunately, these emotions are not discussed as openly as they should be. Today, an increasing number of men are seeking therapy to help them cope with these difficult situations.
It’s essential to acknowledge the emotional toll that divorce, and custody battles, can take on men. Many fathers struggle with maintaining a positive outlook in a system that may appear biased against their rights. Seeking help through therapy not only benefits your own well-being but also enhances your ability to parent effectively and co-parent harmoniously, ultimately benefiting your children.
In the end, it’s the children who are most impacted by these decisions, making it crucial for fathers to navigate these challenges with support and a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities.
At Divorce Strategies Group our goal is to create win-win parenting plans where each party can co-parent peacefully and effectively. We strive to help you each navigate the process and an outcome where you each can live in peace and your children can prosper! Schedule your complimentary consultation today to discuss the mediation process and how it might help you divorce without the long, litigation battle.