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Overcoming bias against fathers in child custody cases

Traditionally, fathers served as providers, and mothers took care of the children. When divorces occurred in the past, it was assumed that a father would continue to provide for the children, and the mother would handle their care. Men in Georgia who are looking to get custody of their children may fear discrimination or a bias in favor of mothers.

It is becoming more and more common for fathers to be awarded primary and joint custody of their children. If this arrangement is what's best for the children, judges should be willing to grant the father custody.

There are some common arguments that are made in court that support bias against fathers. For example, some people have argued that fathers are not as nurturing or loving toward their children as mothers are. Some have said that fathers are not as knowledgeable when it comes to child-rearing or that they don't have enough time to care for their children. While these perceptions are changing, fathers who are trying to get custody of their children do not want to be complacent when preparing for their court date.

Many fathers have found that maintaining communication with their children's mothers and working out parenting plans together can help men as they seek joint custody. They want to be able to prove that they have a relationship with their kids, and they need self-confidence when it comes to their own abilities as fathers.

Men who believe that they are as qualified as their ex-wives to raise their children should consult with an attorney. A lawyer could examine a father's situation and provide advice on the best ways to seek custody of his children. Legal counsel could also provide practical assistance by answering questions regarding child custody and even representing a father in court and arguing for his fitness as a parent.

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