In far too many instances, fathers are pushed to the side and ignored in custody cases. The law doesn’t support this, as it’s gender-neutral on its face. Yet, in a lot of cases, there’s an unspoken presumption that a child is better off with their mother. That may not be the case under your unique set of circumstances.
That’s why it’s imperative that you take action to protect your rights as a father. After all, the impact of an active father can be tremendous on your child.
How being an active father positively influences your child
If you take an active and positive role in your child’s life, then they’re bound to see benefits. This might include the following, which has been shown by research:
- Stronger development of language skills
- Improved cognitive functioning
- Development of higher IQ scores
- Effective problem-solving skills
- Better motor skills development
- Greater stress tolerance
- Higher self-esteem
- Fewer behavioral problems
- Decreased risk of engaging in risky behaviors
Securing your rights as a father
As you can see, you can significantly support your child’s development in both the short-term and the long-term. In order to do so, though, you’ll have to have access to them, which may require you to establish paternity and seek out a custody order that provides you with visitation or perhaps even physical custody. When you file a motion to protect your rights, keep in mind that you’ll need to demonstrate how your request supports your child’s best interest.
Take action now
Childhood flies by. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to play a meaningful role in your kid’s life. That’s why now is the time to act. If you’d like to learn more about how to do so, then please continue to read our blog and the rest of our website.