When it comes to custody and the court process, fathers can be a little bit discouraged. The truth is that the father has equal legal rights as the mother. As a male parent, you need to understand your legal rights and obligation. By understanding your legal rights and obligations, you will be able to handle a custody case in the right manner. The reason why many fathers are locked out in a custody case is that they do not understand their rights. There are things that you can do to make sure that you are on the good side of the law.
Tips for fathers regarding custody
Pay child support
You need to pay child support as a father even if you have been denied custody rights in the past. There is no way you can ask for custody rights if you have never paid child support. When seeking for custody rights, you need to show the court that you can take care of the child. Taking care of the child means that you should have the finances to do it. If you are consistent with paying child support, then this is a good sign that you can take care of the child.
Build a relationship with the child
Creating a bond with the child is very important when trying to seek for child support. It is important for the child to recognize you as a father. There are instances when the child might be asked to give their views regarding living with you. The child should be able to recognize you based on the relationship that you have formed.
Many fathers think that talking ill about the mother will help them with the custody case. The truth is that you need to show that you respect the mother. Judges understand the trick of each parent trying to portray the other in bad light. Show that you respect the mother while at the same time showing that you are the better parent.
Be ready for the child
You need to be ready to receive the child even before the child comes to your home. One of the ways of doing it is by preparing the home. You need to have space where the child can sleep and play. Most of the time a home inspection will be done before you can be given the child. You also need to be psychologically ready to take care of the child.