Child Custody Rights For Fathers
At the Law Office of Victor J. Cavallo, we believe that the best interests of children and shared parenting are not mutually exclusive. We work to equalize parenting time between divorcing spouses, making sure children have the chance to be with their fathers as much as possible. To learn how we can help you remain a frequent and positive presence in your children’s lives, contact our Stamford, Connecticut, family law attorney for a free initial telephone consultation.
Father-phobia: Old and New
For many decades it was presumed that custody of children of “tender years” was best with mothers because it was wrongly perceived that fathers are inept as parents. Fortunately, the law has trended toward gender-neutrality. And though fathers seeking child custody have gained ground in recent years, fathers are still burdened by the old stereotypes; and even some new ones, such as postmodern presumptions that all men are abusers unless proven otherwise.
Physical vs. Legal Custody
Custody has two aspects: physical and legal. Physical custody involves the actual living arrangements of the child, whereas legal custody concerns the responsibility for, and participation in, making important decisions on behalf of the child. Fathers are often denied custody because it is, quite simply, an easy way out.
Custody Fights as Smoke Screens for More Money
Custody is not always about the children. It’s many times just about the money. We’ve seen many cases where divorce custody fights, even to the exclusion of visitation, are strategic maneuvers to maximize child support, alimony, and asset awards. Then when the battle is won, the barriers to child access mysteriously fall away only to be raised again if payments are not prompt or egos are bruised.
How We Help Fathers in Custody and Visitation Matters
We begin by fighting for equal parenting time and vigorously enforcing it. We make sure that the final divorce judgment includes notification in the event of relocation and other decisions that should involve both parents. After the divorce, we urge you to keep track of any informal adjustments in the custody and visitation schedule. If an access pattern develops that is favorable to you, we can file a petition for a modification of the original judgment. Our goal in all custody matters is to keep you connected with your kids.
Contact our Connecticut Father’s Rights Law Firm
At the Law Office of Victor J. Cavallo, we are dedicated to representing husbands and fathers in child custody and visitation disputes. Contact our Stamford law firm for a free telephone consultation to learn how we can help you preserve your role as a father.
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The Law Office of Victor J. Cavallo, LLC
184 Atlantic Street
Stamford, CT 06901