Far too often, fathers are overlooked in family law cases. Physical custody is usually given to mothers, and in many instances fathers are given inadequate notice of child custody proceedings. Even fathers who try to be active in their children’s cases are sometimes restricted from accessing their children by an overzealous mother. Time-and-again we’ve seen these situations leave fathers feeling defeated, which can leave them not knowing where to turn for help or even give up on building a relationship with their children. Don’t let this happen to you.
Be aware of the importance of a father’s presence
The presence of a father in a child’s life can have a major impact. Studies have shown that children who have an active father in their life are less likely to take part in risky behaviors, which in turn reduces their risk of incarceration. These children are also more likely to develop healthy relationships and secure stable and well-paying jobs. Children can exceed in development in many areas when a father is present in their lives, partially on account of the fact that many fathers are supportive but less protective of their children.
The benefits don’t stop there, though. Children who have a father who is active in their life tend to have higher IQ scores and they are less likely to drop out of school. These children can also have stronger social and emotional development, such as having stronger empathy and a greater ability to read other’s emotions.
Fight to be the dad your children deserve
The benefits of an active father are undeniable, and as a father you have certain rights. Securing those rights may take legal action, though, especially if you have yet to establish paternity. Once you’ve done that, then you can look at obtaining visitation and perhaps even physical custody of your children. It might not be an easy road, though, especially if you’re going up against a mother who has tried to cut you out of your children’s lives. That’s why many fathers in the Dallas area have turned to law firms like ours time-and-again to help them fight to preserve their rights.