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Fathers: Don't let bias take charge of your custody case

Fathers deserve the chance to be with their children in the same way that mothers do. Both parents are part of creating a child, and they should both be part of taking care of and raising their children.

As a father, you may be concerned that you won't get the custody allowance that you'd like, especially because your child is young. In your experience, people around you believe that a mother takes better care of young children, but you disagree.

What will the court think? Gender doesn't matter.

There is not a single way in which gender determines if you'll be a good or bad parent. As a result, no court can make the decision to place a child into one parent's custody solely based on their gender.

Whether male or female, it's necessary for a child to have a strong parent who is capable of taking care of them and providing them with the support they need.

What should you do if you feel that a custody decision was biased against you because of gender or if you think a decision may be based on gender in the future?

Be honest with your attorney about your concerns. The reality is that your attorney will also monitor the case to make sure that a bias isn't present. If there is, then your attorney could ask for a different judge to preside over the case or to seek another decision by an appeals court. In most cases, any bias will be addressed as soon as it appears, so that you can protect your rights.

To help yourself, it's a wise choice to spend as much time with your child and raising your child as possible. The judge will want to see how invested you are in your child's life and that you're playing a positive role in their life. As long as you have proof that you are a guiding, positive force in your child's life, there is no reason that you should have to worry about losing custody or being resigned to only a short amount of time with your child.

If you still have concerns after negotiations begin, you can work with your attorney to address the issues. The sooner you talk about issues you see, the better it will be for you, since your attorney will help you take steps to mitigate any kind of bias or claims that might be used against you.

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