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What rights does a father have after a divorce?

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2023 | Divorce |

Are you a father going through a divorce and feeling lost about your rights and responsibilities? It can be challenging to navigate your rights after divorce, and you may sometimes want to throw up your hands and let your ex call the shots.

However, the overwhelming nature of divorce should not deter you. With the right knowledge, you can get through the legal system with confidence.

Child custody

It is important to know what child custody laws cover. When you have physical custody of your child, your child will primarily live with you. When you have legal custody, you can make decisions about your child’s healthcare, education, religious practices and other aspects of life, even if your child does not live with you.

In some cases, a court may award joint physical and legal custody, allowing both you and your spouse to share the responsibilities and decision-making process. However, if joint custody is not feasible, the court will base the arrangement on various factors, such as the child’s age and existing relationship with each parent. Keep a record of your involvement and any positive interactions with your child, as this evidence can be valuable in court.

Child support

The court considers various factors when determining child support, including the income of both parents and the number of children. If you want to modify the support guidelines, you will need to gather evidence to demonstrate the change in circumstances. This can include pay stubs, tax returns and documentation of any significant changes in employment or financial status.

A divorce proceeding takes time and can be unpredictable. You have to stay patient and resilient throughout the journey. Seeking support from friends and family can be immensely helpful during this difficult time.