There are a number of misconceptions that some people may have with respect to child custody. For example, some people may think that a father is not able to have sole custody of his or her child and that the child’s mother is always given custody. Or, some people may think that it is extremely uncommon for a father to have custody of his child. However, there are many fathers who have custody and it is essential for people who are pursuing custody to take a careful approach to this situation, regardless of their gender.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, data from 2013 shows that fathers accounted for one out of six custodial parents. Put another way, 17.5 percent of custodial parents were fathers during 2013, which shows how many fathers are responsible for raising their children following a divorce or the end of a relationship with the child’s mother. As with mothers, there are other issues relevant to fathers who are custodial parents, such as receiving child support payments and the other parent’s visitation rights.
If you are a father or a mother and are concerned about the outcome of a custody dispute, it is very important to go over all relevant factors that could have an impact on your case. In court, there are various factors that will be assessed in order to determine which outcome would be in your child’s best interests and you may be able to increase the chances of a more favorable outcome by preparing beforehand.