Today we should talk about the single dad’s out there; the ones that really have a tough job ahead of them whether it’s fighting an ex-wife that throws obstacles in front of you at every turn to building and maintaining a relationship with your children once everything is finalized and the dust has cleared. A father has rights to their child, if you feel taken advantage of or don’t know what you can or cannot do as a father in family law, there are options for you and resources ready to be used to get the custody or visitation that your child needs in order to have the relationship that is so necessary in their life with you. Here are a couple things to think about in your own family law case if you’re looking for a different path to take or need a place to start.
Sprint Out Of The Gate.In most family legal scenarios, having the upper hand in terms of advantages in the court room, or just in a general sense, usually means taking action before the other party has a chance. A well known and often repeated quote comes to mind, “the best defense is a good offense.” This might be a good thing to keep in mind if you’re just starting out in your custody or visitation dispute with your ex. It’s very easy to get taken for a proverbial ride if you don’t know what you’re doing and the opposing party knows more about the process or has already taken the first few steps; playing catch-up can cost you valuable time and money. You might be wondering when the best time to make the first might be. This is something that is always going to vary from person to person. Each case is unique. Sometimes it’s a gut feeling that a parent has that their ex, or soon-to-be ex, is going to throw a curve ball at them and catch them unawares. If your ex has been going back on their word meaning denying you time with your kids, not telling you where they’re going, making decisions without your input, it might be time to take some kind of action.
You’ve Got Custody, Now What?This can be one of those moments where you’re scratching your head and staring at your shoes. A lot of times, a parent gets so wrapped up in the case itself that once it’s all done they don’t really know what to do. It’s like highway hypnosis, you get used to driving 70 mph that once you get back on surface streets, you’re still going fast when it’s not necessary. A lot of fathers who finally win their case and get the time they want with their children, have a hard time making the transition that they fought for in the first place, especially if you separated from the other parent in the process of all of this. It’s hard to go from a functioning family unit to a smaller household with one less parent in it. All of a sudden you go from having one or two roles within the household to having five or six and you find yourself juggling chainsaws instead of apples. Talking to other single dad’s is a great way to pick up some tips on how to maintain you small family by yourself or maybe even find some kind of support network that can help you and your kids; this can be a great learning experience for everyone, you might just find out something about yourself that you didn’t even know was there.
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