Can dads seek custody of their kids?

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2024 | Family Law |

When parents go through a divorce, one of their main concerns is how the decision to end their marriage will impact their kids. It can be difficult to accurately predict exactly how your kids will react to your divorce, but you understand that it is important to provide your children with as much stability and security as possible. As a dad, you may not be certain of your custody rights or how to pursue a reasonable custody order.

Fathers play critical roles in the lives of their children, and this does not stop simply because the parents go through a divorce. You will benefit from understanding how you can pursue terms that will allow for the preservation of this important relationship, as well as provide your children with a reasonable amount of continuity of lifestyle. While children often benefit when allowed to maintain strong relationships with both parents, there are times when it is appropriate for a dad to seek sole or primary custody.

Custody options that may be available to you

Child custody involves where a child will live and how the two parents will share time with the kids. It also involves a parent’s right to make important decisions on behalf of his or her children, such those related to religious training, medical care, education and more. One thing that may be helpful to remember is that fathers have the same custody rights as mothers. This means that you can pursue custody terms that you believe are in the interests of your children.

For many families, joint custody is the most logical choice. This allows the kids to share relatively equitable parenting time and responsibility for making decisions for the kids. However, if you do not believe this is the best option for you, you can seek to negotiate or fight for terms that will allow you to provide the best possible environment for your child.

The future for your kids

There is much at stake for you and your children while you are going through a divorce in Virginia. It is normal to have strong emotions about what you are experiencing, but it is in your interests not to allow these feelings to dictate the decisions you are making. You will benefit from having professional assistance as you seek a custody and visitation order that is reasonable, fair and sustainable long-term.