With Father’s Day fast approaching, we give thanks to our dads for teaching us to ride a bike, scaring the monsters from under our bed, and giving us endless piggyback rides.
At Brandon Legal Group, we recognize that not all dads can enjoy Father’s Day with their children.
Sometimes even minor disputes with the mother can prevent a father from being able to spend special holidays with his children. In particular, Father’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating your life as a dad with a homemade card, the meal of your choice, a fun time at the park, and an entire day with your favorite little rascals. But eventually, your time together must come to an end, and your children will return home to their mother while you are left with an empty house. Depending on how your divorce or paternity was handled, you may have to wait a significant amount of time before you are able to recreate the joys of your perfect Father’s Day celebration.
When couples with children separate, they must redefine their rights and responsibilities as parents. This process includes determining who is in charge of making major decisions affecting the children (Parental Responsibility) and creating the parameters for when each parent will see the children (Time-Sharing). While defining these new roles, parents sometimes find that small disputes can escalate into major battles, and World War III begins.
Historically, courts have sided with the mother when determining the custody of the children. In recent years there has been a shift toward equal time-sharing and shared parental responsibility, but some courts still award the mother with majority time-sharing.
It is every parent’s worst nightmare not to be able to see his/her children, but for some it is the reality. If you are faced with establishing your legal rights as a parent, it is best to have an attorney guide you through these murky waters to avoid such a harsh result.
At Brandon Legal Group our experienced family law attorneys are dedicated to fighting for you so that you get to see your children as much as possible.