Fathers' Rights: Helping Men Assert Their Rights

It was not that long ago that the courts would automatically side with the mother during a divorce. It was also assumed that the father would be left paying child and spousal support and relegated to visitation.

Contemporarily, fathers are entitled to the same rights and privileges as mothers. However, there are still numerous obstacles that fathers must overcome when pushing for custody agreements that allow both parents to stay involved in their children's lives.

Helping Fathers Maintain Meaningful Relationships With Their Children

At Robinson & Clapham, we have helped numerous fathers protect and assert their parental rights when going through divorce. As experienced lawyers, we have witnessed firsthand the negative effects of highly contested divorces on young children. In some cases, parents use their children as bargaining chips to get back at their spouses. That is why we look to help fathers, as well as mothers, consider the big picture, reach amicable agreements, and when necessary, fight for the best interests of their children during litigation.

There are numerous factors that come into play when determining a child custody or visitation arrangement. Below are just a few key issues we will address:

  • The child's age and physical and mental health
  • The physical and mental health of both parents
  • Each parent's ability to provide for the child
  • The child's routines, residence and access to education
  • The child's preferences will be considered if he or she is old enough or mature enough to decide which parent to live with
  • The willingness of both parents to communicate and maintain civil contact while sharing custody

It's important to secure an attorney when going through a divorce or child custody dispute. Many parents, particularly fathers, don't understand their rights. We will work closely with you, explain what you're up against and see that you are treated fairly when establishing a parenting time arrangement and child support.

Don't Make Assumptions When Defending Your Parent-Child Relationship

We want our clients to feel comfortable working with us. Call us, sit down with us and learn how we can help you through your divorce or other family law matter. You can reach our Providence or Wakefield, Rhode Island, law offices by calling 401-400-3841 or 401-594-4365. You can also send us an email by completing an online contact form.