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As a dad, do you have a chance of winning your custody case?

In many states, it used to be that mothers were almost always given custody in cases where the children were still in their tender years, which means that they were about five years old or younger. However, this rule has been rejected in many states, and today, New York custody laws are written in a much more gender-neutral way. This means that, in the state of New York, neither the mother or the father is the “preferred” parent, so a father has the same chance of winning a custody battle as a mother.

How does the court decide who gets custody?

The court looks at many factors when determining who gets custody of a child, but it all boils down to what is in the best interests of the child. Here are a few of those factors:

  • TheĀ emotional bond between the parent and the child.
  • The parent’s lifestyle and how it affects the child.
  • The parents ability to provide the child with what he or she needs, including food, clothing, medical care and shelter.
  • The child’s established routine and patterns (where he or she goes to school, currently lives, etc. )
  • The child’s preferred living arrangementĀ (usually applies to older children).
  • The physical and mental health of the parent and the child.

If you are a father, you should know that you have just as much of a right to custody as your child’s mother does. Get the support that you need by turning to our child custody lawyer in Hauppauge. Contact us today to get started.