Fighting for Your Rights as a Father

It was not that long ago that child custody laws in Texas favored mothers, assuming they were better fit to parent than fathers. While laws have since changed, treating both parents equally now, some fathers still get the short end of the stick.

Whether intentional or not, some judges continue to favor mothers over fathers in family law matters. To ensure your rights as a father are protected, it is important to work with a team of lawyers that will put in the time and effort necessary to show that you deserve equal parenting rights. At Sutton Milam & Fanning, PLLC, in Waco, that is exactly what we will do.

Protecting Your Rights by Telling Your Story

If you are a father going through a divorce or seeking custody, you need a strong advocate on your side. At our firm, we work hard to gain a complete understanding of your situation so we can tell your story effectively.

If you and your child's other parent disagree on custody, a judge will make the final decision. We will fight to protect your rights by showing the judge why you deserve equal parenting time — and why he or she should not assume your ex is a better parent. Our attorneys will take the time to get to know you and even call character witnesses to demonstrate why it is in your child's best interests to spend time with you.

How You Can Help Yourself

It is easy to get frustrated and upset when your ex is not agreeing to a fair custody plan. However, reacting in the wrong way can hurt your case. Here are a few ways to protect yourself during custody negotiations:

  • Avoid unnecessary communication with your ex. Sending an angry text in a heated moment can be used against you later on. It's best to only communicate when you have to and only say what you need to.
  • Keep social media activity to a minimum. Anything you post on social media can be used against you in court. Before you post, tweet or share, think carefully. Sometimes it is best to stay away from social media until your case is resolved.
  • Focus on compromise. When it comes to child custody, emotions can run high — especially when you and your child's other parent disagree. However, having an all-or-nothing mentality is not always realistic. Our goal will always be to achieve a fair outcome for you, but staying open to compromise can make the process easier and sometimes more favorable.

Talk To Us In A Free Consultation

In a free consultation, you can tell us your story, ask questions and learn what could happen next. Call us at 254-633-3048 or send us an email to schedule an appointment at our office in McLennan County.