3 Things Dads Need to Know Before a Texas Divorce
It’s no secret that gender discrimination is real, and in most contexts, it disproportionately affects women. But in child custody cases, dads often come out the loser, thanks to outdated notions suggesting only women can competently care for children. Dads pursuing a custody fight during a Texas divorce should take heart, knowing that it is possible to win. Here are three vital facts you need to know.
The Law is Gender Neutral—Judges Might Not Be
Texas law gives no preference to either sex in child custody decisions. Instead, all decisions are based on what’s in the child’s best interests. Of course, most laws are gender neutral, but that doesn’t stop discrimination. Judges may have subtle biases that color their perceptions. And because the judge has broad discretion, you’ll be better served if you manage these biases rather than trying to fight the judge.
Involved Dads Win
Because child custody decisions are based on the child’s best interests, judges want to ensure that parents who are involved and competent get custody. That means that dads who have a long history of involvement—who know the teachers, go to games, know how to care for any special medical needs, and who make sacrifices at work and at home for their children—are more likely to get custody. Stay involved and document it. Don’t force your partner to be the primary caregiver, or your chances of getting custody are slim.
Fighting for Custody Requires Skill
Some dads believe they are the only person who can best represent their interests. That’s not true. The legal system is complex. Miss a deadline and you could lose your case. Present your evidence in the wrong way, and your case could be severely undermined. You need a lawyer who knows father’s rights inside and out. Don’t gamble with your children’s future and your relationship with them.
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