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Understanding fathers’ rights in child custody cases

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2022 | Divorce In Tennessee, Father's Rights |

There are many myths about fathers and child custody in Tennessee. The truth is, fathers have just as much right to custody of their children as mothers do. If you’re a father who is facing a child custody battle, it’s important to know your rights and understand the process.

How you can win child custody as a father

If you’re a father seeking custody of your children, the court considers a number of factors in making its decision. One of the most important factors is the relationship between you and your children. The court will also look at your parenting skills, your income and employment status, and whether you have a criminal record.

If you can demonstrate that you are the better parent and that it is in the best interests of the children to live with you, you have a good chance of winning custody.

You need to follow the right process to get custody

In order to file for child custody, you need to go through the appropriate legal channels. This means filing a petition with the family court in your jurisdiction. You will also need to file for divorce or legal separation if you are not already separated from your spouse.

You need to understand the different types of custody

There are two types of child custody – legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make decisions about the children’s welfare, such as their education, health care and religion. Physical custody refers to where the children live and which parent they primarily reside with.

The court can award joint or sole custody to either parent without ignoring the fathers’ rights. Joint custody means both parents have legal and physical custody of the children. Sole custody means only one parent has both legal and physical custody.

It is important to understand the different types of child custody before you file for divorce or separation. This will help you frame your argument to the court.

The process of obtaining child custody can be complex and overwhelming. However, it’s important to understand your rights as a father and to have a strong legal argument to present to the court.

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