If you are a father going through divorce in Florida, you are likely worried about your chances of gaining custody of your children. In the past, mothers were often given preference when it came to custody of the children and fathers were limited to visitation. Most judges have changed their attitudes in recent years and realized that fathers have just as much right and ability to be single parents as mothers.
CustodyXchange.com provides some supportive information about the highly important role a father plays in his children’s lives. In fact, studies have shown that children are more likely to have better self-esteem, be more honest and succeed in their education if their father is actively involved in their lives. The involvement of a father is also shown to lead to lower rates of depression, fewer incidents of disruptive behavior, and less alcohol and drug use.
The role of fathers is not only important to help the children develop and mature, but to do so in a healthy way. Since some judges are old-fashioned and still think only mothers can be single parents, it may be necessary for you to actively fight for your rights in the court room.
While gender does not play a role in which parent would be better suited to raising the children, there are other things that do. Courts will generally not place the children with any parent who has exhibited abusive behaviors. This information is intended for your education and should not be taken as legal advice.