As a father, you may be worried about losing a custody battle or even being unable to spend time with your child altogether. Each person’s situation has a number of unique details, but it is important to keep in mind that there are many different factors which influence custody decisions. During a custody battle, the court will aim to secure an end result that serves a child’s best interests. A number of factors will be assessed with respect to the best interests of a child, but there are additional issues that could impact the decision, from allegations of domestic violence to drunk driving charges.
Unfortunately, some people have been falsely accused of an offense by their child’s other parent or by someone who is allied with this person in an attempt to gain the upper hand during a custody dispute. These false allegations must be handled carefully and, between the stigma of these charges and legal complications, some people struggle to defend themselves in court. On the other hand, some parents might make a poor decision on one occasion, such as getting behind the wheel even though they are slightly over the legal limit, which can also negatively affect their custody case. Following a bitter divorce or in the midst of a contentious custody battle, this behavior may be more likely.
There are many issues that can affect your custody case and it is essential to be vigilant and prepared for what lies ahead. Our fathers’ rights page covers additional topics related to child custody.