Tennessee fathers are as capable as mothers when it comes to caring for and supporting their children. Unfortunately, obtaining joint custody can be a challenge if your ex wants sole custody. At The Waldrop Firm, P.C., we often help dads defend their rights, establish paternity and modify child custody orders.

According to Verywell Family, there are steps fathers can take to help them achieve joint or full custody.

Make child support payments on time, whether you have an informal arrangement with the mom or an agreement made with the court. If the arrangement is informal, make sure you keep the check receipts or other documentation that relates to the payments. The court typically looks favorably upon dads with a good track record.

Maintain a close relationship with your child. Spend time with them as often as possible, go to school functions and introduce yourself to her teachers. Not only does this ensure she can call when she needs you, but it also shows the court you want to be active in her life.

Be prepared for your child to spend time at your home. The court will ask about the living accommodations. Make sure there is space set aside expressly for her that helps her feel at home.

Have a parenting plan prepared for the judge. This plan should address many issues, including a time-sharing schedule and how you and your ex plan to communicate with each other. Designate who is responsible for school-related matters, health care and other routine activities. An experienced attorney can help you create a plan that works for you and is acceptable to the court. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.