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Advice for fathers seeking child custody

In traditional American families, mothers were the primary caregivers and typically raised the children while fathers worked. These days, fathers are taking a more active role in the lives of their children. However, child custody family courts in California still lean somewhat in favor of mothers. Fathers still have a stigma as being the bad guy during a separation, and it can leave many great fathers on the wrong side of a custody battle. Here are some tips for dads to increase the odds of obtaining custody of their children.

One of the most important things fathers can do during a divorce is to document everything. Providing proof of everything that is said and done in this situation can be very advantageous. During a custody hearing, judges place the needs of children first, so they will often inquire about the parents' relationship with their children. Make sure to always have a great relationship with children and be prepared to respond to these types of questions.

During a custody battle, it can be tempting to try to influence the process. However, this can sometimes lead to self-sabotage. Avoid making mistakes such as criticizing a spouse in front of others or taking the children for extended amounts of time unannounced. Things like this will not look good and may be detrimental.

Obviously, the well-being of children should always be the top priority. It is important to always remember that any custody case is about the children and not the parents. Parents in California who have questions about child custody may want to consider discussions with a legal representative . A knowledgeable attorney can answer difficult questions and help to clear up the confusion of the custody process.

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