When you're divorcing your children's mother, it is hard for you at the end of a relationship, but it's also difficult because of the risk of losing time with your children. Though the courts are not allowed to be biased toward mothers, the reality is that men are often seen as less capable of caring for their children than women.
To make sure you get the custody time you want, it's important that you present yourself as a great parent in court. If you and your spouse have to go to the judge for help with a parenting plan or schedule, you'll want to have evidence of your excellence as a parent. Some things you'll want to show include:
- How often you spend time with your children
- How well you know your children and their routines
- How involved you are in their schooling
- How involved you are in daily care
- Positive interactions with other parents and your children's friends
- A respectful attitude toward your spouse, despite your separation and eventual divorce