How To Be A Winning Father | Win Child Custody Rights As a Father

First off, present yourself as an educated and knowledgeable parent. Contact local churches and schools to see if there are any parenting classes you can take. Subscribe to parenting magazines. Then practice what you read and learn. Many people believe that mothers are the more natural parents, so you need to educate yourself as thoroughly as possible about parenting.

You will be surprised to know that the percentage of custody for fathers has increased 15 percent since 1995. A report from the US Census Bureau indicates that child custody is not just "given" to mothers anymore. The rise in divorce custody and child custody for never married fathers has created an increase in single fathers. There are around 2.3 million single fathers in the U.S. alone.

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Have as many of your family and friends join you in court as possible. Not so much to testify, but to sit on your side of the bench and take notes. Have them use a Court Watch Form which is designed for this purpose.

If you are attempting to gain custody so you can reduce or avoid paying child support you are not doing what is in the best interest of your children. Think about your motivation before you decide to make your case. Many states today consider any custody litigation as gender neutral. The playing field has been leveled considerably.

Another thing to do is to be actively involved in your child's life. Bring your child to doctors or dentists appointments. If they are in school, make sure you attend any school meetings that pertain to your child. Always keep scheduled visits with your child and call your child on a regular basis.

It is essential that fathers establish themselves before gaining custody. Once you lose custody, you risk not having an active role in your child's life. Giving control to your ex-wife can be dangerous if the divorce was messy, as there have been cases where mothers have turned their children against their father.

Document, document, document. And not just in writing. Use pictures and videos of your parenting in action to show the judge that you are an involved parent. Videotape yourself playing with your child. Take pictures of you and your child doing homework together. Go to parent-teacher conferences, and make sure to sign in.

The best way to win the custody of your child or children, is by preparing your case as well as possible. You need to start taking note of everything that concerns your family situation. For example, write down things like that when have the children been with you and what have you done and where have you been. Get to know the hospital staff and get them to like you so they will cooperate with your requests to be with the child. Ask the nurses if you can hold the baby and how often they will allow it so that you can bond right away.

Get pictures and videos of you parenting your child-NOT just playing together. Show pictures of you doing homework, reading stories, reading the Bible and saying prayers. These are things most parents do anyway; you're just getting a picture to show the judge that YOU are doing them too.