Missouri and Illinois courts have come a long way toward protecting father's rights. There is no longer a presumption that mothers are automatically entitled to custody. Instead, courts favor joint custody — men and woman sharing the responsibility for care of their children.
Still, fathers can continue to face an uphill battle, often because they have histories of being primary breadwinners and not primary caretakers of their children. Fathers need strong and experienced lawyers to best protect their rights.
At Stange Law Firm, PC, our family law attorneys represent dads in all cases that may involve father's rights, including:
- Child custody disputes
- Motions to modify
- Motions for contempt
- Orders for protection
- Paternity cases
What Fathers, Husbands and Men Can Do to Increase Their Chances of Getting Child Custody in Missouri or Illinois
If you are a father and are fighting for custody of your children, there are things you can do to increase your chances of success. Make time for your children and pursue work schedules that make joint or sole custody possible. If you are choosing a place to live, choose a home in a good school district. Make your home comfortable and safe, develop good relationships with your children and abide by court orders.
You can also make sure you have the right attitude in the courtroom. Avoid causing fights or disruptions, saying inflammatory things or engaging in name calling. Make a positive impression with the judge and guardian ad litem by showing patience and common sense.
To read more about our efforts to protect fathers' rights in Missouri, please read our Fathers' Rights Blog. We have also written specific articles you might be interested in: Fathers' rights topic: Presumption of shared child custody and Fathers' rights topic: A new perspective on post-divorce parenting.
Contact a Father's Rights Attorney (Dads, Husband and Men) for a Consultation in the St. Louis Area, Kansas City Area, Columbia, Springfield and Beyond
Men can contact our law firm online or by phone to schedule a confidential half-hour consultation at any of our convenient locations.