California Fathers’ Rights
We are committed to standing up for fathers who often do not get a fair shake in custody disputes and child support. With years of representation in Los Angeles area family courts, we understand the tendencies of local judges regarding divorce and custody matters, and we use it to help our clients (both men or women) achieve their goals.
For various reasons, including outdated gender roles and old-fashioned beliefs, fathers are often seen as unwilling or incapable of caring for their children. However, most fathers can provide their children with the same care, affection and parental guidance that a mother can. In fact, there is no presumption in California law that a mother is automatically entitled to custody. Some judges are more traditional than others, but courts can and do award custody to fathers, based on the principle of “the best interest of the child.”
Are you unsatisfied with only having every other weekend with your child?
If you are happy with every other weekend with your child, you do not need us. Any decent attorney can sleepwalk through court and get you every other weekend. We represent fathers who are seeking and who deserve more than the traditional parenting time schedule.We have helped stay-at-home dads and working dads win sole custody, primary custody and joint physical custody. We have helped many other fathers win a greater share of visitation (parenting time) than they would normally get.
We do not believe that custody of the children is right for every father; however, every father should have an equal right to custody. If you work 12 hours a day and travel several weeks out of the month, then custody may not be for you, unless the mother is being derelict in her duties. However, if you have played an active role in parenting the children, caring for their needs, attending medical appointments, attending school functions and PTA meetings, then the courts will look at the history and may award you joint custody or even full custody.