As a father, you play an essential role in your children’s lives. Unfortunately, family courts do not always take that role as seriously as they should. If you are worried that you are losing out on valuable time with your children or are being unfairly burdened with unrealistic support orders, you may need help protecting your fathers’ rights.

Many family law courts in Louisiana still operate with an inherent gender bias. While mothers are certainly important, fathers are far too often overlooked. You may have already experienced being relegated to a “weekend dad,” someone who is more of a visitor in the lives of your children instead of an actively involved parent. On top of only occasionally having access to your kids, you could also be paying too much in child support.

Even if you are just starting the divorce process, you could be facing an uphill battle. It is not unheard of for some mothers to use custody as a bargaining chip to get what they want during a divorce. This flies directly in the face of what custody should ultimately be about — your children’s best interests.

It is important to protect fathers’ rights, not just for you but also for your children. However, upholding these rights can be difficult, especially if you feel as if you are going up a systematic way of thinking. You do not have to go through this process alone. On our website, you can find more information about your rights as a father, child custody, support and many more Louisiana family law issues.