Fathers’ rights is a phrase that has been gaining popularity in the last few years, supported by years of data that seem to indicate a gender bias in custody agreements. While more women have been granted sole custody of children in the past, this is not necessarily indicative of a gender bias. It is important to remember that courts have always considered custody agreements that are in the best interests of the child. Unfortunately, this is a very subjective concept, and it does little to comfort fathers who cannot see their children often.
While Georgia often draws shared parenting time evenly down the middle, there are still some cases of one parent being granted more custodial rights. Gaining a better understanding of what courts look at can help fathers make a better case for their custodial rights and ensure that child custody is treated fairly.
There are many facts that courts consider when deciding on custody arrangements, some of which depend on the parent and some of which depend on the child. For example, parents who are not mentally or physically healthy enough to care for a child will likely not be given equal custody to a parent who is healthy enough. If the child has special needs, each parent’s ability to adapt to the child’s needs will be considered.
For a more complete list of what courts consider, you can read this article. Taking these factors into consideration can help fathers present a stronger case for custody to the courts. Enlisting the aid of an attorney can also help fathers build a stronger case and ensure that the custody arrangement is truly what is best for the child.