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3 tips for fathers dealing with child custody issues

As a father going through a divorce, it's important that you do all you can to maintain a healthy relationship with your child. You know you want to continue to be involved in your child's life, and you should be.

Men often worry that they're going to face a bias in court, but the reality today is that most judges do not favor one parent over the other. In fact, the law does not allow for bias. If a bias does appear in court, then your attorney can fight it and ask for a different judge or changes to be made with the case.

There are some things you can do to help guarantee you have the best help on your side and the best chance of keeping a normal relationship with your child. Here's more about this important topic.

1. Keep records

The most important thing you can do is to keep records on your case. Record everything said or done. If you are threatened in a text, print it out for the court. If you receive a harassing email, be sure to present it. Do all you can to make sure you have documentation for any incident that occurs between you and the other parent.

2. Make sure your attorney is educated well

Don't go with the cheapest attorney believing that they'll do an adequate job. Always choose the best possible lawyer for your situation. You want to hire someone who has experience at trial and with negotiation, so you can resolve your child custody disputes without necessarily having to go in front of the judge. If you do have to go before the judge, you want an attorney who has experience presenting cases to judges (and winning).

3. Be consistent

Finally, be consistent. While all of this is going on, it's in your best interest to stay as consistent as possible when it comes to your child. Be there on time for pick-ups and drop-offs. Attend events. Be active in their life. You want the judge to see your interest in remaining in your child's life and to see that you're willing to take on the challenge of raising your child as a single parent.

These are three tips to consider when you're going to court over your child during a divorce. You deserve a chance to maintain a healthy, consistent relationship with your child in the future.

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