Many people may assume that mothers are always more likely to get child custody than fathers, but this is not the case. Legally, a father is equally entitled to custody. There are a few factors a Georgia judge may take into account when considering a child custody case.
If you had a baby out of wedlock with a woman and were not married, you may be wondering what rights you have to the child. Even if you are listed on the child's birth certificate and pay child support, you may not be a legally established father. Why is this?
Georgia children are much more likely to be born to fathers who are not married to their mothers than in previous decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while just over 18 percent of children were born to unmarried parents in 2007, that figure has more than doubled to 40 percent around the country.
Georgia fathers know that winning child custody can be difficult. However, there are a few things they can do to help prepare for a potential custody battle.
Some Georgia parents who are no longer together or who are not married may decide to deal with custody issues themselves. However, there are many benefits for both the child and the parents to have the father legally establish paternity.
A majority of single parent households across the country are headed by women. While there a number of reasons for this, it does not diminish the fact that countless fathers desperately want to be in their children's lives and seek custody and parenting time as a result. However, many fathers feel as if they are treated as second-class citizens for seeking equal parenting time, especially if they have been intentionally shunned from their children's lives by vindictive mothers.