Paula Lock Smyth Law Offices
“Train up a child in
the way he should go
and when he is old,
he will not depart
from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

Commitment to enforcing fathers' rights

When a couple decides to end their marriage in Texas, they are only intending to end their legal relationship with one another, not with their children. However, this often does not end up happening -- even though there is no discrimination on the basis of gender in custody agreements in Texas, mothers are sometimes deemed more suitable for custody in more conservative societies. This means fathers may end up spending less time with their children, often at the crucial time when children need their father the most.

Fathers may have to go the extra mile in proving their suitability to take care of their own children and asserting their rights. The presumption of mothers being a better custodial parent is unfair and untrue in many situations, and lawyers at our firm are committed to fighting this assumption.

Though it is unfair that they must prove their involvement, keeping a diary of a father's involvement may be one simple step of asserting the father's rights in a trial. Lawyers at our firm are experienced in handling child custody cases and are prepared to go to trial if the matter is not resolved through negotiation.

It is essential that father's continue to make prompt child custody payments and not use child custody as an excuse to escape their obligations. If a father has problems meeting his child support obligations, he may seek to have his payment amounts modified. Similarly, a mother should not keep a child from the child's court-ordered visitation with the father for vindictive reasons or because the father has not met his child support obligations. For more information on child custody and father's rights, visit our website.

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