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Tips for Colorado dads facing child custody struggles

Over the past few generations, American society has definitely changed in the way that parenthood and gender roles are approached. More women have returned to the workforce, and many men choose to stay at home and shoulder the bulk of the child-rearing responsibilities. However, the Colorado legal system has been slow to adapt to these changes, and in many cases men still face an uphill battle when it comes to securing equal child custody rights at the end of a marriage.

For a father who has played a consistent hands-on role in the upbringing of his children, the thought of seeing them on an every-other weekend basis is simply not acceptable. However, when fighting for equal or shared custody, the road can be difficult. One thing that fathers should do from the very beginning of a child custody dispute is assert his rights and insist on continuing to play a vital role in the lives of his children.

Another important consideration is selecting an attorney who understands why their client is seeking to remain closely connected to his kids. While an attorney is always aligned with the interests of his or her client, finding someone who is passionate about parenting and about fatherhood is important. Be wary of any attorney who seems intent on settling for an undesirable compromise, and make it clear that you are willing to pursue the matter in front of a judge, if need be.

Above all, child custody disputes should always remain focused on what is best for the kids at the center of the debate. For Colorado fathers who feel strongly that their presence is important for the health and well-being of their kids, a child custody dispute is about more than simply mapping out weekends. It becomes a matter of retaining the ability to interact with their children in a meaningful way, and not in transitioning to an occasional visitor who sees them only a few days per month.

Source: Huffington Post, "Custody Battles: The Top Five Things Dads Should Know Before Setting Foot in Court," Morghan Leia Richardson, May 23, 2013

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