Gender bias in family matters is a genuine concern, especially among men. This is because mothers are perceived to be more nurturing than fathers, which may sway decisions their way when it comes to custody battles. Such stereotypes against your gender may present an uphill battle, but all is not lost.
You can do things that may increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome for your child custody case, as discussed below.
Break the stereotype
Your gender should never be the focus of a custody battle. The judges will put the children’s interests first, and this is your time to show that you can step up to the parental duties. Simply put: Break the stereotypes that paint men as less nurturing and prove your capability, skill, and experience as a parent.
Some ways to go about this include:
- Pay your child support on time
- Cultivate strong relationships with your children
- Attend your child’s milestones or key events of their lives like birthdays
- Build a conducive environment at your home for the children
- Be respectful to everyone, including your ex-spouse
- Explore alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in place of a custody battle
In essence, you do not want to do anything that can be used by your ex-spouse and likely jeopardize your chances of getting custody. This may include drug use or even being unavailable for your children, which judges consider when deciding on a custodial arrangement.
Safeguard your rights
A parent’s gender shouldn’t matter when it comes to what’s in the best interests of the children. If you sense a custody battle is heating up, take steps to better understand your legal position.