Fathers have always been at a disadvantage when forced into child custody hearings. Courts across the country have a traditional bias in favor of the mother when addressing the issue of physical and legal custody of a child. Around 17% of single parents with physical and legal custody of their children are men. This drastic discrepancy is a valid snapshot of the way our justice system values the paternal relationship. Having a strong paternal bond is important to a fruitful life for both father and child. Fathers should have the same consideration as mothers when it comes to the importance of their relationship with the child. Acting in the best interests of the child, the positive familial relationships established by both parents should not be disrupted just because they are getting a divorce. Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is here to guide fathers through their rights, options, and possible action needed to protect their family and paternal relationship. Contact Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC for a consultation today.
Equal rights to physical and legal custody
In cases addressing child custody, New Jersey courts are supposed to pass judgment that is “gender blind.” Unfortunately, some courts still prefer the mother in cases where a shared physical custody structure is impossible. When faced with an emotional and contested case, fathers should fight for legal custody even if they don’t get a joint custody arrangement or any physical custody. Fathers should educate themselves on the difference between physical and legal custody.
- Physical custody- who the child lives with more of the time
- Legal custody- the right to make important legal decisions for a child
If a father relinquishes physical custody, it is important for them to consider fighting for legal custody. If they lose both, they could see a relationship drastically diminished to one that more resembles an uncle. New Jersey believes that a child’s best interests are met when both parents have continuing and frequent access to the child. Legal custody gives the father the right to be a part of important decisions, attend school and religious functions, make medical decisions, and see report cards, all of which allows for a continuing, fruitful relationship.
Contact a firm that will fight for you
Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC supports the rights of fathers facing contested court cases. Our compassionate firm is ready to guide fathers towards the best possible conclusion in contested divorces where children are involved. Our firm believes that fathers are equally integral to the happy and healthy life of the child as the mother and that both parents should agree to a joint custody arrangement that benefits the child. If you are involved in an emotional divorce case where your spouse is seeking sole or legal custody, it is in your best interests to contact Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC today to assist you in your legal matter. Allow our diligent attorneys to assess your case, discuss your legal options, and protect your family. Call us today.