New York law requires courts to give equal preference to mothers and fathers in custody cases. Despite this fact, fathers come up against a legal tradition of courts favoring mothers in child custody determinations. Until the end of the last century, fathers largely assumed breadwinner roles and mothers assumed the role of homemakers and child caretakers. Remnants of this tradition still influence many divorce cases today, even though most women pursue their own careers, just like men, and New York laws dictate equality. Attorney Chris Palermo offers experienced legal counsel to fathers, helping them level the playing field and protecting their rights in custody matters.
Various studies show that children do better emotionally, academically and socially when they have fathers who are actively involved in their lives. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that children from infancy through childhood, with actively involved fathers, benefit in the following ways:
From an academic standpoint, active and nurturing fathering showed that children were 43 percent more likely to earn A’s and 33 percent less likely to repeat a grade. So yes, participating in your child’s life matters significantly, and it is worth the effort to take a legal stand to fight for what is in your child’s best interests.
It is advisable to seek legal help from an experienced attorney early on in your case. You should consult with an attorney when you first separate and before your spouse moves for a temporary hearing to establish custody. Attorney Chris Palermo can review the details of your situation and devise a case strategy that advocates strengthening your relationship with your child. He can negotiate for substantial parenting time and present convincing evidence that both parent’s participation is vital for the child’s well-being. He can often establish guidelines from the outset of a case that will serve you well when arriving at a final settlement agreement or court custody determination. No doubt, your child’s mother plays a special role in your child’s life, but so do you. It is important to be proactive about protecting your rights and vital that you obtain a dedicated attorney who can help you do that.