As some of our California readers may know, when it comes to child custody, fathers generally feel like they are getting the short end of the stick. The general feeling is that women are better suited as a primary caregiver, leaving little options for men. In reality, both sides typically see bias and the court will consider each parent suitable to care for the child without proof otherwise. A father may be concerned with protecting his rights, including:
- Providing care and spending time with the child(ren),
- Ensuring he is not paying more support than required,
- Paying off or determining arrears or overpayment of support,
- Having the court establish paternity or non-paternity if the parties were not married,
- Making medical, insurance, or school-related decisions for the child, or
- The child’s quality of care or living while with the other parent.
These matters can all be addressed in a family court action. Many times, litigation is not necessary, and parties will agree and file an agreement as the order. Whether litigation is necessary or not, it is always a good idea to get advice from a knowledgeable attorney and discuss the options. If you need advice on any of the above matters and want to protect your rights as a father, simply fill out the form to the right to set up a consultation with Dawn Dell’Acqua.