On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
If you and your spouse have children and are going through a divorce, there is a strong likelihood that you will enter some kind of custody battle with each other. Depending on how old the children are, there is no real answer as to who will be the primary caregiver. Even though there is a popular belief that courts favor the mother over the father, this doesn’t mean that this will be the case for you.
Our child custody lawyer in Fort Lauderdale at The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A. understand that as a father you want to see your children every day. Women are not the only ones who want children. Fathers yearn to have children and raise them. As a society, the role of the father in the household is changing. Decades ago fathers were seen as the breadwinners who worked tireless hours to provide for their family while the mother stayed home and took after the children and the household. A more modern approach to fatherhood is sharing the responsibilities women once solely had. Now more than ever fathers are a more important role in their children’s lives. Fathers are working less and taking on more “caregiving” roles, thus, bonding more with their children and leaving a better impact on their lives. Just because you are divorcing does not mean that you have to give up those roles. Just because you are divorcing does not mean that your ex-wife will now be the primary giver.
Florida has strict guidelines that each parent must follow in order to pass an evaluation that shows how competent they are at parenting and taking the best care of the children. Florida courts want to ensure that the children’s best interests are at work here and they take very seriously where the children will have the best opportunity to grow and succeed. The Florida courts are also very aware that sometimes the best homes aren’t the ones with the most money. So, if you are a father and looking to get full custody, here are some criteria to keep in mind:
- Your relationship with your children
Courts want to see how well you and your children have bonded. How often do you talk to your children and what is evidence of quality time?
- mental and physical health
Divorce can be tiresome, lonely, and downright emotional. What are you doing for yourself care and how are you staying positive for your children?
- moral fitness
This may seem subjective, but the more you engage with your children and other parents the more these parents can speak to your character.
As you can see from just these 3 criteria, the Florida courts are all about investigating who you are as a parent. Remember our child custody attorney is here to support you through this process. We understand what the court wants to see in order to provide a successful case. Call 954-533-2756 or click here to start a conversation with us today. We want you to have your kids too.