5 Things Fathers Should Know About Child Custody

As family law attorneys, we handle a lot of cases involving father’s rights and child custody help.
Most of the time, our clients are caring fathers who only want to have a fair relationship with their kids.
Yet, there is much misinformation about fathers’ rights in family court.
To help you, we felt we needede to write this article with the top five things dads should know about family court. 

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1.     Don’t Wait To File Your Custody Case.

Male clients often tell us that they waited to file because they thought mom would come around. Others tell us they wanted their child to get older, or they didn’t want an argument.
As a father, you need to fight for your rights from the very beginning. If you want equal time, you need to insist on equal time from the minute your ex takes your child. Don’t wait for a judge to decide and definitely don’t wait for your ex to come to her senses. Don’t settle for a temporary schedule. Insist on your right to equal time from day one.

 2.    Do Not Bring Up Child Support In Custody Conversations.

If you bring up child support in a custody case it makes it appear that you only want custody to avoid child support. In Nevada, child support is statutory.
Curiosity about support obligations should come after the custodial schedule gets decided.
Don’t get labeled as wanting custody to avoid support. There is a time and place for child support discussions. 

 3.    Hire A Custody Lawyer Experienced With Child Custody Help.

I cannot tell you the number of times a client has come to us having signed a parenting plan or agreeing to a custody schedule without a lawyer reviewing it or after they have hired a cheap, inexperienced attorney. The reality is that once you have a signed custody agreement, it is very difficult to undo. It is worth the money time and effort to find a custody attorney that experience with representing fathers in family court. 

 4.    Have A Schedule In Mind.

The number of resources available for proposed custody schedules are astronomical and can be found with a basic google search. Don’t just tell your ex you want equal time. You need to be specific about the days and times
you want. Think about your holidays too. Any schedule you propose should maximize your time. Aim for your days off at the very minimum. Also, if you have children from another relationship, you should be incorporating their
schedule into your proposed schedule. 

 5.    Be Careful What You Wish For.

In many custody cases, whether it is a mother or father, we often see parents who are motivated by something other than their child’s best interests. Some parents are motivated by money (they want child support or want to avoid child support). Some parents want to have “control” over their child or see their children as a way of keeping tabs on their ex. These are bad reasons to pursue child custody help. Be realistic with yourself, your children and your schedule.

If you truly cannot exercise or do not want to exercise joint custody, then don’t ask for it. Your children will be happy to just spend quality time with you regardless of whether it is equal time. 

We hope this child custody help article has been helpful and has shed some light on things you should know about child custody. If you or someone you know needs a custody lawyer, call us today at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form for more information. 

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