Attempting to get partial or full custody of a child can be both stressful and challenging. With numerous factors going into the decision, the most important one resides within the best interest of the child. Many people may tell you that a father has no chance in a custody battle, but that is simply untrue. This article will investigate the ways that any parent can make a case for themselves when trying to get custody, and why a father should not give up if they believe themselves to be the best option in a caretaker for their child.
The Child’s Wishes
If the child has a beautiful relationship with the father and expresses their wishes in court to live with him, the likelihood of the father getting custody goes up. If the child is deemed to be of appropriate age and maturity to make such decisions, their testimony will hold up and be taken into account.
A judge will want to grant custody to whoever can give their child a stable life, which mirrors the one they had before the divorce. If the father can keep the child going to the same school, in contact with the same friends, and happy in living a relatively unchanged life, then he is likely to be granted custody. Stability is an essential thing in a child’s life, which can be ruptured by a divorce. A court will do its best to minimize any potential damage that instability could cause and put the child where it’s believed they could continue living most naturally.