Priscilla Seaborg,
Attorney at Law

The rights of a divorced father

On Behalf of | May 9, 2018 | blog |

Only in rare circumstances do divorced fathers’ win sole custody of their children. As a result, many of them typically wind up becoming part-time parents, only seeing their children on certain days and missing out on many of their day-to-day activities.

The experience can by heartbreaking and filled with sadness and tears. Even though divorced fathers are becoming more and more common in society, they still have one thing in common with their former spouse. They are parents first and foremost.

Divorced fathers deserve to continue to be a part of their child’s world. Many parenting advocates agree as to the importance of both parents playing active and supportive roles in a child’s life. It’s really for the good of the child.

In the long run, you want your child to have as well of an adjusted life as possible, even though his or her parents are no longer together. By laying the groundwork for as stable of a relationship as possible with your ex-spouse, you are setting a good life lesson for your child.

Seeking custody, share custody, visitation

As a divorced father, you do have certain rights. Some of them include the right to:

  • Seek custody and have visiting time with your child. As noted earlier, it’s not often that a divorced father becomes the sole custodial parent. That usually only happens if you can prove that your former spouse is an unfit mother. This right also applies to unmarried fathers.
  • Shared custody: In these situations, both parents have the responsibility in decision-making related to the child, and equally share parenting time. Such scenarios highlight the importance of having a civil relationship with the child’s mother.

Your child is growing up, and you want to continue to be the best father possible despite the circumstances of becoming a divorced parent. Keeping the child’s best interest in mind is vital, and that’s why you and your former spouse must adhere to this guideline.