Divorce and custody disputes can be complex and overwhelming, especially for Texas fathers. Despite the fact that courts largely recognize the importance of allowing both parents to have equitable access to their children, dads often feel they get the proverbial short end of the stick.
It is smart to learn more about your rights as a dad and what you can do to pursue a fair custody and support order.
What can you do to protect yourself?
You may need to take decisive action to protect yourself in any of the following situations:
- You cannot make your child support payments – If you cannot make your payments, it can lead to serious complications, including possible jail time. If you are financially unable to meet your obligations, you may need to seek an adjustment to your payments by petitioning the court.
- Your paternity is in question – Unmarried fathers often face complex challenges when trying to secure equitable rights for custody and visitation. It may be necessary to seek a paternity action in order to legally establish your role in the life of your child.
- There is a protection order against you – If you are being unfairly subjected to a restraining or protective order that keeps you from your kids, you can fight back. You have the right to challenge unfounded allegations.
No matter the nature of the specific challenge you are facing as a father, there is significant benefit in knowing what your rights are and the steps needed to protect them. Instead of trying to fight this battle alone, seek an explanation of your options and assessment of your case from an experienced family law attorney.