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When your ex won't let you see or communicate with your kids

Are you a parent? Do you share custody of your children or at least have some type of visitation rights? Is your ex refusing to let you see or communicate with your kids? If so, you may, according to the laws of Louisiana, have the right to take legal action.

Fatherhood should not decrease your child custody chances

When you first looked upon your firstborn child in a Louisiana hospital delivery room, you likely had similar mixed emotions as many other fathers who have been where you were in that moment. You may have experienced everything from wonder, joy, excitement and amazement to utter fear, stress and worry before your son or daughter completed his or her first breaths. As time went on and another child or two joined your family, you finally began to feel comfortable wearing the shoes of fatherhood, that is, until you divorced.

Does establishing paternity have any significance on your case?

Fathers' rights are a tenuous issue in Louisiana, and many fathers feel that they are fighting an uphill battle when seeking fair visitation time or a strong relationship with their children. For some fathers, this process can be even more complicated when they had never married the mother of their children.

As a father, you have the right to seek support modifications

As a father, you hope to play a pivotal role in your children's lives. However, because of divorce and child custody terms, you may feel that you do not get the opportunity to be in your children's lives as much as you would like. You may feel some sense of pride in providing child support payments as this action allows you to ensure that your children's needs are met.

What can fathers do to help their kids through divorce?

If you asked every Louisiana father what the most challenging part of his parenting vocation is, answers would probably vary greatly. You may have a few issues come to your mind when pondering the topic. Perhaps the very act of trying to help your children get used to the idea that you and their mother are no longer going to be living together is at the top of your list. Divorce happens often, and many parents feel overwhelmed and worried about how to help their children navigate the process.

Your gender shouldn't matter with regard to child custody orders

Times have changed in Louisiana and throughout the nation. Depending on your age, you may recall the days when most fathers worked at jobs outside the home and mothers stayed home full-time to raise children. Those days are all but long-term memories across a changing landscape of life in the United States. Nowadays, many children are raised in single parent households. Dads sometimes are the ones staying home while mothers pursue full-time careers. No two families are exactly the same.

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