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Influencing the child custody decision as a father

If you are a father of dependent children and you have recently gone through a divorce, it is likely that you are now going through the difficult process of establishing how you will co-parent with your former spouse. Establishing a custody agreement is never easy, and as a father, you may feel as though the odds are stacked against you. However, it is important to remember that the courts never make decisions based on the gender of the parent, but rather upon who can provide the children with the best possible care.

Therefore, if you are a father who wants to gain full custody of your children, it is important to know that it is completely possible as long as you can show that you will provide the care and support that is in the best interests of your children.

Factors that the courts consider when allocating custody

The court's main focus is to find an arrangement that will be in the best interests of your children, and this is true both from an emotional and practical perspective. They will want to know which parent tended to be the primary caregiver during the marriage, and also consider other factors such of the living arrangements of each parent. They will also want to see evidence of you supporting, caring and taking responsibility in all aspects of your children's lives.

It is a good idea to keep a diary documenting how you involve yourself in your children's lives each day. If you want assistance in gaining custody of your children in Pennsylvania, it is important to take action as soon as you can.

Source: FindLaw, "Child Custody Basics," accessed June 08, 2018

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