There are many factors that go into awarding custody, and a lot of that has to do with what the court considers the best interests of the child. Oftentimes, at least traditionally, fathers have not been involved as deeply with the children as the mother. However, in this world where both parents indeed work and oftentimes both parents are spending about the same amount of time with the kids, how can a father then increase his chances of being awarded custody?
If that’s his ultimate goal, he needs to show a nexus and a kinship with that child. He has to demonstrate that to the court. He needs to show involvement with those children and demonstrate that to the court. The father can indeed overcome those hurdles and become the parent of primary residence.
Rosalyn Charles is a family lawyer practicing in Newark, New Jersey.