Every parent can face challenges during a child custody case. But fathers, in particular, can encounter obstacles that stand between them and the outcome they deserve.
Outdated stigmas, stereotypes and presumptions can all work against fathers seeking custody of their children. In light of these disadvantages, it is crucial to avoid common missteps.
Misunderstanding your rights
Too many fathers assume that the courts always rule in favor of mothers. However, Nebraska laws prohibit courts from giving preference to a parent based on their sex.
When it comes to determining legal or physical custody, the primary focus should be on the child’s best interests. In most cases, it is best for children to have relationships with both parents, so fathers should understand that they have the same rights as mothers under the law.
Letting your emotions get the best of you
If a parent appears to be violent or volatile, the courts may look at them and their parenting capabilities differently.
Therefore, fathers should try to avoid lashing out in anger during custody disputes. Shouting, making threats or being overly aggressive can make a father seem unstable and dangerous.
Fathers can avoid this by staying calm and keeping interactions with an ex at a minimum. Speaking through attorneys and keeping conversations in writing can also protect fathers from getting goaded into an argument.
Of course, there are times when making compromises and concessions is appropriate for the circumstances. However, it is crucial for fathers to protect their parenting rights and refrain from giving in when someone threatens them.
Fathers can be scared or confused, and they may just want to avoid conflicts. However, it is possible to be both protective of your rights and amenable to fair resolutions.
Navigating the process alone
Parents who do not want a custody case to get ugly may think resolving matters themselves is best. However, parents who choose not to work with attorneys, mediators or custody specialists can put their rights and possibly their child’s best interests in danger.
Rather than trying to resolve your custody case alone, fathers can work with trained professionals who can provide resources and guidance so parents can make informed decisions.
Keep in mind that every Nebraska child custody case is different. However, fathers who avoid these mistakes can generally make their case go more smoothly.