“Fathers’ rights” is a relatively new term in family law, and describes a man’s rights to equal treatment in regards to child support, child custody, and visitation. In the past, when a couple would divorce or legally separate, the courts almost always sided with the mother, granting sole custody to the mother and ordering the father to pay child support.
Today, things are different. Family law judges recognizes the value of the relationship between a man and his children, and generally like to grant equal custody to both parents, as long as it is in the children’s best interest. Furthermore, the courts no longer automatically order the father to pay child support. If the mother makes a good income, and custody is awarded to the father, the courts will order the mother to pay child support to the father. If both parents are working, the judge might make the non-custodial parent pay child support, but it will be an amount that is equal to what the custodial parent is paying for caring for the child on a daily basis.
When to Hire a Fathers’ Rights Lawyer?
If you are going through a divorce or separation, it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced fathers’ rights attorney. Although judges are now treating men equally, that doesn’t mean your ex will try to undermine your role as the father. She may try to seek sole physical and legal custody, or ask for an exorbitant amount in child support. A skilled fathers’ rights lawyer can ensure your parental rights are not overlooked, undermined, or ignored, and can help you seek custody and/or visitation rights. If your ex is seeking child support, you can trust Denver Family Lawyers to help ensure she does not take you to the cleaners.
At our firm, we know you want to make sure your children are supported, but there is a fine line between paying a fair amount in child support and being taken advantage of. Ultimately, a fathers’ rights attorney can look out for your best interests, protect your rights, and help you achieve your specific goals and objectives in regards to child support, child custody, visitation, and more.