As a father who wants to retain positive custody rights, there are several things you should do. These tips are particularly helpful if you're eager to obtain further custody or want to file for sole custody.
First, remember to always pay child support on time. If you want to get custody, there's nothing that will hurt you more than failing to pay for your child's care. You should keep receipts to show that you made payments and when you made payments.
Another thing to do is to build up a strong relationship with your son or daughter. Having a positive relationship shows, and your child is likely to say positive things about you if asked. It's a good idea to show up to student-teacher conferences and doctor's appointments along with other events where witnesses see you with your child. Their testimonies could help you obtain the custody rights you want.
Of course, you need to have a special place in your home for your child. You should have an area set aside for the care of your child and be able to describe those living accommodations to the court if asked. Have a plan for caring for your child in every circumstance from when you're at work to if you suffer an unexpected illness.
By showing that you are an involved parent with your child's best interests at heart, you'll have a better chance of obtaining the custody arrangement you want. The court wants to know that parents are involved and willing to do all they can for their children.
Source: Verwell Family, "10 Child Custody Tips for Fathers," Debrina Washington, accessed June 01, 2018