Louisville Child Custody Lawyer on Fathers Rights
If you are going through a divorce or custody case and have children under the age of eighteen (18), then the Louisville Family Court is making a decision about the most important aspect of your Family Life. Only your life and liberty are as important when you are in Court. For that reason, it is often tempting for clients to believe that the Court system will not listen to them because of their gender. No lawyer who practices in this area goes a month without hearing that “The Judge doesn’t like me because…”. In some ways, the Fathers’ Rights Movement is the pinnacle of that temptation.
Let’s be frank: Does it happen that a Judge is biased against you because of your gender? Sure. It happens. However, very rarely (and increasingly so).
If things are going according to the law, the only criterion the Louisville Family Court will consider is the best interest of your child or children. KRS 403.270 states that the Court must decide custody consistent with the best interests of your child or children, taking into account factors such as the wishes of each parent; the wishes of the child; the relationship of the child with each parent, sibling, and other significant caregiver/family member; the child’s adjustment to the home, school and community offered by each parent; the mental and physical health of all involved; and the existence of domestic violence. Notably absent is the gender of either parent.
So, how do you talk about Child Custody with your Louisville Child Custody Lawyer or Louisville Family Court? First, talk about your child or children. Who are they? Where are they in life? What do they need? What does the Court need to know to address the needs of your child. Second, who are you as a parent? What do you want for your child? How will your home meet the needs of your child? How will your home be different than the home you offered when you were with the child’s other parent? Finally, is your child unsafe in any situation out of your control? Too often, parents get involved in a tale about the other parent, rather than their child.
The Judges in Louisville Family Court know that if you are trying a Louisville Child Custody case, you do not get along with the other parent. However, your dislike for the other parent does not necessarily mean that the other parent will not protect your child and add to his or her life.
One of the worst things a lawyer can do to a client is tell them what they want to hear. If the Louisville Family Court rules against you, then it must be because “…you’re a man…” rather than a serious analysis of the Ruling by the Court. Courts make mistakes all the time. If that were not true, then there would not be two (2) levels of appellate protection. If you have questions about custody of your children, whether you are a Mother or a Father, I will always be happy to talk to you. Just give me a call. Also, please feel free to learn more at jrlloydlaw.com or thelouisvilledivorceattorney.com or thelouisvilledivorcelawyer.com if you are not ready to talk. Thanks for reading.