As a father going through a divorce, it is important for you to recognize your rights and responsibilities, as given to you by both state laws and the Constitution. Both parents have equal rights in a divorce, including in matters that concern any children, and it is not until a court decides full custody that those rights change or diminish. As there seems to be a social stigma against fathers in a divorce, most men are afraid to exercise their rights and may concede immediately to their spouse's wishes when it comes to custody battles.
If you are a father entering a divorce and think you don't fully understand your rights – or if you feel your rights have been violated – seek the legal counsel of our Johnson County divorce attorneys at Coontz Cochran as soon as possible. There may be statutes of limitation applicable to your cases that require you to act within a certain timeframe.
We offer free, initial consultations to all inquiring fathers going through a divorce.
It is ultimately up to a judge to decide who gets custody rights over any children during a divorce. Even if you aren't seeking any custody – or want to decide upon partial custody with visitations – your rights as a father cannot be ignored or denied.
Three of the most common ways that a fathers' rights are violated before a divorce is finalized are:
It is important to also understand that a father's rights can be violated in very similar ways even after a divorce has been finalized. An ex-spouse may try to keep you from your children, despite you having been granted visitation rights. Or your ex may become abusive in an attempt to bully you out of future relationships with your children.
Trying to ignore that your rights are being violated can make you seem distant or uncaring, decreasing your odds of obtaining custody rights. Rather than taking it quietly or trying to find your own way to sidestep the law, make the right choice and pursue legal action with the help of an experienced and compassionate family law attorney from Coontz Cochran. For 42+ years, we have been serving the Johnson County and Tarrant County communities as reliable and dedicated divorce lawyers that stand up for our clients' rights as if we were defending our own.
Contact us today to start handling your divorce case and securing your future.