Whether you are the father to an infant or a teenager, you might be thinking that your child is better off with the mother calling the shots and you taking a backseat in parenthood. If you are no longer with the mother, you may think that you have no other choice but to back off and let her raise the child.
Both of these things could not be further from the truth.
You have every right to play an active role in your child's life, and if you do, your child will benefit from it, especially your daughters.
How to get the parenting time you deserve
If you are going through a divorce or breakup, or you have already split from the mother of your child, you still have the opportunity to get the parenting time that you and your child deserve.
Years ago, mothers were automatically awarded custody of the children, but this isn't the case anymore. Under the law, you are just as deserving of parenting rights as the mother.
However, many judges in Mississippi still favor mothers over fathers in child custody cases, so you will need a lawyer on your side who can advocate for your rights.
How child custody decisions are made in Mississippi
In Mississippi, family law courts make child custody decisions after considering factors including:
- The child's age and gender
- The moral and parenting skills of each parent
- Each parent's willingness and ability to care for the child
- The history of child care by each guardian
- The stability of each parent's home, community and employment
- The child's preference, if he or she is old enough
Your lawyer will listen to your goals as a father and then build a case to help you reach those goals. Your lawyer will be there to offer you sound advice and guidance until the case is resolved. Keep reading for more information on child custody cases in Mississippi.