Being a dad is not an easy job. When getting a divorce, it becomes even harder, especially when fathers' custody rights are not being fairly considered. Below are a few things dads in Pennsylvania can do to help them as they seek sole or shared custody of their children.
Those who wish to achieve some level of custody need to have a plan. How will it work? The court will want to know before it places a child in a custody arrangement what it will look like, how it will function, how it will work to serve the best interests of the child. Being prepared to answer questions about a proposed parenting plan will go a long way in helping to achieve the custody arrangement one is seeking.
Those who wish to achieve custody need to show involvement in their child's life. Attending school activities, sporting events and a number of other social activities will show the court that one is wanting to build and maintain a strong relationship with one's child. The court is less likely to accept a custody request from a parent who chooses to be absent.
Finally, those who wish to achieve custody can help themselves by being respectful in court and being respectful to the other parent. This can be difficult, particularly when in the midst of a trying situation, but it can show the court that one is putting the child's best interests over his own. The court is less likely to place a child with a father who cannot control his emotions.
While fathers' custody rights are not to be ignored as they once were, it does not mean that achieving custody will come easy for dads. Right or wrong, it is the way it is right now. With legal assistance, fathers in Pennsylvania can take certain steps to help their custody cases.