Census data shows that more children live in single-parent households than ever before. Single fathers in Tennessee often feel forgotten and rejected because of custody rulings issued by a local court. However, there are plenty of ways for them to remain in the lives of their children.
In ideal situations, parents agree to communicate respectfully following their divorce. Unfortunately, many parents fail to live up to this standard, creating a hostile situation for themselves and their children. One of the most effective ways to convince your child’s mother to want to work with you is to remain respectful in your communications.
Ensuring basic needs
When determining the viability of your father’s rights in a custody hearing, the judge will evaluate your ability to meet the basic needs of your children. According to state guidelines, this includes meeting the financial, educational and developmental needs of the children in your care. Ensuring that you can meet those needs will increase the likelihood of you maintaining your parental rights.
Focusing on your children
While divorce and ensuing custody battles present unique challenges, remaining focused on the needs of the children is the most important thing. Commit yourself to providing your child with a safe and stable home life as they adjust to their new normal.
Committing to improvement
Parents who continuously work on becoming a better version of themselves enjoy better relationships with their children. Following a divorce, you may only have custody of your children 50% of the time. Even if that’s the case, take steps to mentor your children and present them with the best version of yourself possible.
The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one to make, especially if you have children. However, you can still remain a vital part of your child’s life following a divorce.