Traditionally, mothers were the primary caregivers in most Kansas families. In generations prior, mothers typically stayed home to raise the children while fathers worked. These days, however, more fathers are present and play an active role in the lives of their children. Regardless, mothers still seemingly have a measurable advantage in family court proceedings across the country. Here are a few things for fathers to keep in mind when seeking child custody.
Any father pursuing child custody should first start by gaining an appropriate understanding of the differences between physical custody and legal custody. Simply put, physical custody refers to where the child will live and with whom. Legal custody has to do with the right to make important decisions on behalf of the child, such as education, medical or religious decisions. If possible, courts generally prefer that both parents share legal and physical custody of the children.
As fathers go through the custody process, it is helpful to understand what the court is looking for prior to attending a court proceeding. Although it can vary depending on the state, most courts consider factors such as paternity, the parent-child relationship, the child’s wishes and the parent’s ability to support the child. However, keep in mind that the court will always keep the best interests of the child at the forefront.
Always remember that any custody case is about the children and not the parents. For anyone in Kansas seeking more information about child custody, or how to obtain custody, it may be helpful to speak with a legal representative. A knowledgeable and seasoned family law attorney can provide guidance and answer any difficult questions that pop up in the custody process.