For Nebraska fathers, one of the most important issues in their divorce is finding ways to protect their parental rights. While courts sometimes give preference to mothers, fathers may find it necessary to fight for the relationship they have with their kids. If you are fighting for custody or visitation, one thing to consider is how where you live could impact your efforts. Courts will consider living conditions and housing arrangements when making a decision.
Children will be more likely to thrive when they are able to live in clean, safe environments. Fathers fighting for joint or sole custody would be wise to ensure that their home is suitable for kids. In your effort to protect your role in the lives of your kids, you may find it helpful to learn more about what the court will look at to determine whether your home is appropriate and beneficial for your kids.
Custody is a complex issue, and it is possible you and the other parent will not be able to come to a reasonable agreement out of court. If this happens, you could find yourself in a contentious dispute, and a family court will make the final decision regarding custody. The court will look at the relationship you have with your kids, your mental and physical health, your kids’ mental and physical health, and the ability of both parents to care for their kids. Regarding your home, the court will consider:
- The amount of privacy a child has and whether it is an appropriate amount for the age of your child
- The number of kids you have and whether your home has enough room for them to live comfortably
- The overall condition of your home and possible safety concerns
- The ages of you and the other parent
- The location of your home and whether it is in a safe neighborhood
The court may also consider your lifestyle, the preferences of the children and what the kids tend to expect from their home life. Fighting for custody can be a complicated and confusing process, but you may find it helpful to start by learning as much as you can about your rights. It will also be prudent to know how you can effectively pursue a beneficial custody order that will provide your kids with stability and security long-term.