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Dads can increase chances of winning full child custody

Getting a divorce in California is understandably difficult for the spouses going through the process, but it can be just as emotionally challenging for their children as well. This is particularly true if the parents cannot agree on who will have custody of the children. Sadly for dads, court child custody decisions are typically made in favor of the mother, not the father.

Although the deck may be stacked against fathers during child custody battles, they can take a couple of steps to increase their chances of winning full custody of the children. First, keeping a paper trail may be helpful. For instance, a father may want to keep a log of each time he visited his children and what they did together. Keeping a record of any financial assistance provided to the children may also be beneficial.  

Another essential step is to prioritize one's relationship with the children. Judges inquire into parents' relationships with the children before awarding the right to full custody. Any strain between a parent and the children that seems unnatural may quickly serve as a red flag for a judge.

Today, judges in child custody battles place emphasis on what is ultimately in the best interests of the children. Fortunately, even if a parent does not win fully custody of the children, he or she may achieve closer to a 50-50 arrangement than parents did in the past. An attorney in California will push for the most favorable outcome for a parent who is in a child custody battle and desires to remain a part of his or her children's lives post divorce.

Source: goodmenproject.com, "3 Tips for Dads Who Want Full Custody of Their Children -", Larry Alton, Oct. 29, 2017

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