The American Psychological Association anticipates that approximately 40 or 50% of all marriages will ultimately end in divorce. While every divorce in Alabama is unique, it is often women who end up formally starting the process. Regardless of who actually files for divorce, fathers often face an uphill battle when it comes to things like child custody and parenting time.
Maintaining an active parenting role
When going through a divorce, fathers should work hard to maintain their relationships with their children. This is not always easy, especially for fathers who are no longer staying in the marital home. A few things a dad can do to stay connected to his or her child include:
- Doing school pickup or drop-off
- Attending important events
- Planning vacations
Spending holidays together
Divorcing dads who are interested in joint custody or otherwise maintaining a healthy, active role in their children’s lives should pay careful attention to the parenting plan. Alabama parents can create a parenting plan on their own and then present it to a judge for approval. However, many parents choose to work with third party mediators who can help guide the process. Parenting plans should address:
- Visitation schedules
- Transportation responsibilities
Child custody is a priority for most parents. Dealing with things like parenting time while also going through the emotional divorce process can be overwhelming though, even for the most dedicated of parents. Fathers who want to be certain that they are doing everything possible to secure the best possible custody arrangement for their children are often well advised to take the time to learn more about Alabama family law, including by speaking with a knowledgeable attorney.