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Divorce Advice for Fathers

Divorce Advice for Fathers Struggling Through That Rough Phase

This article offers some useful divorce advice for the father on how to deal with the situation emotionally, his legal rights with regards to child custody, and how to support children post divorce.
MenWit Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Divorce is never a happy thing; for the couple, as well as the children. There are a lot of laws regarding various aspects of a divorce that need to be dealt with. The circumstances they give rise to, can emotionally drain the family as a whole. First as a husband, and then as a father, you will have to face many questions and find answers to them. In this article, we've tried to help you with a sort of a guide, that will make you aware of the various aspects of a divorce.

Handling Yourself Emotionally ...

A divorce can make you go through a gamut of emotions. You might feel sad, angry, anxious, jealous, lonely, fearful, and much more during the process. Accept these emotions and stay strong throughout the process. If you've been given the legal custody of your child, it might be difficult to bring him/her up on your own. If it's too much, consider visiting a counselor. Since every case and person is different, a counselor can suggest something effective for your case, which will help you get a closure faster. Don't let your emotions affect those around you.

Legal Advice

As a father, you need to be aware of your rights with respect to child custody. For this, it's better that you hire a good divorce attorney. Whether you can get full child custody or joint custody depends upon a number of things. These might include things like how good a parent you have been in the past, your child's preference if he/she's of a particular age, your income, etc. If both, you and your partner, have been good parents, the court might grant joint custody. Also, laws regarding custody differ from state to state.

Child Support

Once the child custody issue has been settled, it is important that you and your wife take certain steps to provide the best possible environment to your child(ren). One very important thing you need to keep in mind is to not fight or argue in front of your child(ren). Researches have shown that children who are brought up in a conflicting home environment, face adjustment issues with friends, colleagues, or romantic partners. Avoid all verbal fights with your spouse when the children are around.

Always remain involved in your child's life. Children need their parents for a healthy social and emotional growth. So, make it a point to help them with their homework or any personal issues, attend all special events at school; in short, be there for them.

As a father, it is your responsibility to ensure that your children grow up healthy. Do whatever it takes to achieve this.