There is a general consensus that children often do better when allowed to maintain a strong relationship with both parents after a divorce. In many cases, this means parents will share custody of their kids through some type of joint custody arrangement. This is not ideal in all situations, and a Nebraska father may want to know what he should do if he wants to pursue full custody of his kids.
In a custody battle where one parent is seeking full custody, it will be necessary to prove this is in the best interests of the children. Mothers used to get preferential treatment from the court, but dads now have equal opportunities to seek custody rights. One way to build a strong case for custody is to have a strong history of being there for the kids, including attending events, showing up for visitation and clearly prioritizing their needs above all else.
Dads who are not currently the custodial parent will find it beneficial to keep up with their support payments as much as they can. Regular financial support proves the intent to care for the kids, and it will also help to be as respectful as possible to the other parent. The court will look at the behavior of both parents when considering full custody requests.
A Nebraska dad has a long and difficult process ahead if he chooses to fight for full custody. However, he does not have to embark on this effort alone. There is significant benefit in working with an attorney experienced in contested custody and fathers’ rights cases.