It’s a sad but well-known fact that the mother usually wins full or majority custody when parents’ divorce. In 2018, there were 10,319,000 mothers with full custody of their children and only 2,598,000 fathers. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get full custody if you’re a father. However, you’ll need to prepare for a child custody battle.
These three top tips will help you show the court that you are a responsible and loving father who should get full custody. Read on to know more about what you can do to prepare.
1) Make Sure There’s Space for Your Child in Your Home and Life
During the custody hearing, the judge is likely to ask you about living arrangements. You need to make sure that you have an area for your child to sleep and spend time to make it clear that they can comfortably and safely live with you.
This is a useful list of the things that medical professionals state a child needs to thrive. Ensure that you can prove that you provide these essentials if you win full custody. This does not only include physical items like shelter, transportation, food, etc.
If you can prove that you can provide what your child needs, you’re much more likely to get full custody as a father. Having a detailed plan of how you can provide these things is helpful in court.
2) Build a Strong Relationship with Your Child
If you want full custody of your child, you must show that you have a close and healthy relationship with them. Attend momentous events and communicate with your child so they know you are there for them.
It’s a good idea to introduce yourself to any other important figures in your child’s life so that it’s made clear that you’re involved.
For example, you could check in with their teachers about academic progress to show that you’re committed to helping them flourish.
3) Maintain Accurate Records
Unfortunately, you’re going to need to prove that you’re spending quality time with your child, and you’re clearly involved in their life. It won’t help just to tell the judge that you’ve been attending sports games and driving them to lessons.
Keep detailed records of the following details:
- When you see your child each week
- What you did together
- Which activities you did together that were positive and contributed to their development, such as volunteering on a school trip or taking them to the doctor.
It’s best to create a structured schedule and parenting plan so that you can show the judge exactly how you plan to provide for the child. Keep evidence of past experience as proof and make sure that everything you do can hold up in a court of law if needed.
Going through a divorce or separation and the subsequent custody battle can be draining and difficult, especially as a committed father. However, there are clear and useful steps you can take to prove that you are a responsible, loving, and invested parent who will be the best option for your child.
It’s important to remember that if your custody battle goes to court, it’s not enough to have followed these steps; you need to prove it too.
Record the remarkable things you’re doing to improve your child’s life. If you follow this advice, you’ll prove to the judge or mediator what a positive parent you are.