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Tips for fathers who want joint or sole custody

A heavily contested Massachusetts divorce can be emotionally draining for everyone involved. This is especially true if each parent wants full custody of their children. At Armstrong Law, P.C., we have experience representing clients in the areas of visitation and child custody and finding a positive solution.

Although mothers often receive primary custody of their children, according to VeryWell Family, fathers can file for full or joint custody. For many dads, this is an uphill battle. Here are some tips that may help show the court your commitment to your children.

  • If you and your ex have already agreed on child support payments, keep making them, even if it is an informal arrangement. Maintain accurate records, such as keeping receipts, written confirmation of payments by the mom or proof that she cashed a check.
  • Keep a record of when you spend time with your child. If there is not already a parenting plan in place, develop one and submit it to the court.
  • Attend school functions, social gatherings and other important events. Call or speak with your children often, know their friends and become familiar with their teachers and other important people in their lives. Ensure that they know you are there for them if they need you. The courts consider your relationship when making custody decisions.
  • Ensure your child has their own space in your home. It is critical that there are adequate living accommodations if you wish to obtain joint or primary custody.

Even if you want custody, consider whether it is realistic, based on your schedule and your child’s needs. Too many responsibilities may hinder your ability to assume custody if it is not in the best interest of the child. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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