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Fathers can seek fair treatment in child support and custody

Statistically, mothers are awarded primary custody approximately 80 percent of the time. While women often state that they are worse off after a divorce, fathers also have challenges, especially in matters relating to child support and custody. Colorado residents who are experiencing difficulty with their payments or desire more time with their children can seek assistance.

Recently, several family professionals offered advice and encouragement to fathers who are struggling with family law matters. Regardless of whether men are having difficulties in making child support payments or are seeking more time with their children, one of the suggestions that was repeated was for them to remain calm and refrain from becoming angry. Judges do not respond well to accusations or emotional outbursts, and doing so may work against one's case, especially if a mother has sought a previous protection order for any reason.

For those who are unable to meet their support obligations, professionals urged them to attempt to pay at least a portion of the amount while they seek the assistance of an attorney. Not remitting payments is likely to result in stiffer penalties, including a jail sentence. Those who need a modification due to serious financial constraints are encouraged to seek a modification through the courts. Parents who are seeking more custody time may also petition for modifications.

Fathers who were not married to a child's mother and desire custody rights do have the right to seek legal recognition regarding paternity. Men in these situations are encouraged to act sooner rather than later as a court will look more favorably upon those who are taking an active interest in their child's welfare. Men who are contesting accusations of being a potential danger to their children may be able to record interactions and ask for witnesses to testify on their behalf. Colorado residents who are in need of assistance with child support orders or related matters may benefit from consulting with an experienced attorney.

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