Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Vital Child Custody Guidelines Fathers Should Not Ignore

It would be nice if fathers had a copy of "The Official Child Custody Guidelines" to read before they went to court for custody of their child. Unfortunately, there is no set child custody guidelines spelled out in any law book for fathers to read. Therefore no such book exists. It's hard being a father going to court to get custody of your kids, ill prepared and fearing the unknown. This article will give you tips to follow before you go to see the judge and have a long child custody battle on your hands.
Be Accessible
The judge is going to look at your work schedule to ensure you have the time to raise your child. If you travel for your job and are out of town 3 days a week, this really stacks the deck against you. Simply put, a typical 9 to 5 job (or 7 to 5 for most of us) is suffice. The judge just wants to make sure you are available for your child and that you have the time in your schedule to devote to your child.
 Your Past Criminal Record
Hopefully you don't have a past criminal record. If that's the case then you can just skim over this section. However, if you've had some run is with the law (in a negative way) then make sure you address this with your lawyer before you go to court. Because believe me, your ex-wife will bring it up and the judge will look into it further.
 Positive Re-enforcement Issues
All healthy families have disciplinary guidelines. It's normal. However, if you are the type of father to reach for your belt every time your child is out of line, then the judge will certainly frown on this. Also, make sure the environment you have your child in as the primary care giver is free of negative influences. This would include hostility towards your ex-wife. So be civil with her for here on out.
 How's Your Character?
Our youth is so easily influenced these days with who's on the cover of the magazines or who's the next great signer, that they need a person with a positive and strong character in their lives. Hopefully that person is you. If you have a good job, are a non-smoker, non-drinker and you go to church every Sunday, then the odds of you winning a custody battle are greater than the person who is on unemployment, drinks, smokes and never goes to church. Does that make sense? So the perfect candidate would be one who works full time, has time to coach his kid's soccer team, has weekends off, goes to church regularly and has a clean background.
However, the perfect father figure hasn't existed since the show Leave It To Beaver, so don't beat yourself up over it. But did you know that most fathers lose child custody cases simply because they were ill prepared, not because they were bad parents? Don't let that happen to you. Get prepared before you ever go to court and get everything you should know about child custody BEFORE you go to court by visiting Child Custody Guidelines. Don't let your ex-wife take advantage of you in court. Get the facts you need now.

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