Even though mothers are not automatically awarded custody of children in Georgia any more, there are still far more single mothers with primary custody of children in Atlanta than there are single fathers. So, how can a Georgia father increase his chances of gaining custody? One of the best ways is to show the courts that he is deeply involved in all aspects of his children's lives, and what better place to start than at school.
Any father that goes through the child custody system in Georgia will quickly realize that the historical preference for children to go to their mother is still around to an extent. As a father fighting to protect his parental rights, it is important to work with an experienced and strong advocate for fathers' rights. All too often, Georgia attorneys tend to fall into the mindset that children will automatically go to their mother. Starting off with an attorney with that attitude can be horribly detrimental to an active father seeking a favorable custody agreement.
There are many different ways to successfully divorce, but there are also many ways that divorcing parents in Atlanta not only set themselves up for a very difficult and emotional divorce, but also cause real problems for their children. Although issues of fathers' rights may seem like they only affect Georgia fathers, children can also become distraught, damaged and suffer long-term consequences. One of those consequences is developing Parental Alienation Syndrome.
Nearly everyone in Marietta knows that when two people in Georgia divorce, one former spouse will pay the other child support if they have dependent children. Not only is this to make it easier for the custodial parent to raise the children, but it is also in the children's best interests, as they have access to more money for their needs. While loving parents may not be too upset to pay child support, it is a completely different matter when a parent has no relationship to the child. This story, however, calls into question what should happen if the noncustodial parent is not the actual parent of the child.
One of the reasons why it is so difficult for fathers to be single parents is because it can be hard to bond with the children they see, at most, 50 percent of the time. With the shuffling back and forth between homes and the countless hours spent away from each other, it is hard enough for fathers to bond with their children, but throw on a gender difference and it may be even harder. Georgia fathers who are raising daughters with a spouse may find it difficult to relate to their daughters, so it may be even more difficult for single fathers.
At the end of last year we brought you the difficult story of a Georgia-based father whose daughter was taken from him when a court granted the child's mother, a foreign national, custody of the daughter. Within hours of the ruling, the mother was on a plane with the daughter, flying out of the country and arriving in Scotland.
No matter how many laws are passed in Georgia or how many lawsuits have been won, discrimination in Atlanta workplaces still goes on. Yet while women have traditionally been the ones speaking out against lower wages for the same work and other discriminatory practices, men who feel discriminated against in the workplace are starting to speak out more.
At one point in time, if a couple divorced, it was all but guaranteed that the mother would get custody of the children. Unless the mother was an alcoholic or a drug addict, it seemed, the father had very little chance to have full or even partial custody of his children. As times have changed, the presumption in Georgia is that both parents will get custody of the children, but that doesn't mean that fathers are getting their children exactly half of the time.
When parents get divorced in Georgia, there is some dispute about just how fair the family court system is to fathers. Whether it is the presumption that fathers have less interest in raising their children than mothers or that a father's rights to his children are somehow less than those of a mother's, fathers should have equal access to their children. Earlier in the year, this blog reported on one famous father's attempt to gain custody of his children: Usher.
The "traditional" family -- married parents and a couple of children -- may not be as prevalent as it once was. There are many families in Atlanta with mothers, fathers, step-mothers, step-fathers, half-brothers and -sisters, step-brothers and -sisters, and so much more. Sometimes it is difficult for men to preserve their parental rights and the families they create have very specific legal complications.