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Fathers may face additional custody challenges in divorce

Divorce can involve a lot of difficult decisions, but custody of children is often one of the most contentious. While some divorcing spouses in Virginia desire an amicable co-parenting relationship, this can be difficult to achieve for many reasons. For example, the court's view on parental roles could come in play.

Due to traditional gender roles in parenting, many fathers feel that they receive diminished custody rights. Fathers may be overlooked because mothers are often considered to be more nurturing and thus more important in child development. This can make fathers feel isolated from their obligations and alienated within their own roles in terms of parenting.

Experts say that fathers grappling with such situations should put aside differences with an ex-spouse in order to avoid confrontation. In addition, fathers are encouraged to do everything possible to work with the court to prove that they are able to offer a secure and stable environment when seeking joint custody. If a father is facing challenges in receiving equitable custody rights, it may be wise to partner with an attorney. This partnership can help the father remove emotion from the equation during a volatile time where calm, rational behavior is best.

A family law attorney who specializes in divorce may also be able to work with fathers and the court to amend existing custody or visitation orders if circumstances change. In some cases, divorce can lead to temporary financial difficulties that may contribute to custody being lost. As time goes by, a father who has experienced financial strain may be able to work with a child custody attorney to show the court that things have changed and a stable financial environment is now in place.

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