Fathers play a critically important role in the lives of their children
and Washington state law recognizes this by providing fathers with rights
and tools that allow them to establish and maintain their paternal relationships.
At McKinley Irvin, our Washington divorce attorneys have represented numerous
fathers in courts across Washington and Oregon. We know how to effectively protect
fathers’ rights, and how to provide the counsel fathers need to create healthy, working
solutions that protect their both their interests and the best interests
of their children.
Because divorce can be an overwhelming process, we want to remind fathers
about their rights and the things they can do to ensure new circumstances
and plans are executed and maintained as successfully as possible.
Family courts used to have a reputation as venues where women were favored
in matters involving children. Today, those assumptions have been renounced
by many judges and courts, giving fathers equal rights in asserting their
roles in the family unit and the roles they wish to have in their children’s
lives. This means courts will objectively determine the most appropriate
parental situation for children, regardless of either parent’s gender.
This includes matters involving child custody, child support, and parenting time.
Co-parenting is perhaps the most important thing dads should focus on following
a divorce or separation, regardless of court rulings. Both parents should
be conscientious of maintaining amicable relationships with their former
partner for the benefit of their children. By co-parenting effectively,
working parenting plans can be created and maintained, even for long-distance
families. Many studies have shown that children often fare better when
both parents stay involved.
Putting Children First
As with co-parenting, any family law matter should put the best interests
of children first. Fathers who can set aside their personal issues with
a former spouse and co-parent effectively can provide the healthy familial
environment and parenting time children need. In fact, divorced dads sometimes
spend more time with their children after a divorce, which can help strengthen
your bond with your kids.
Regularity and responsibility – honoring schedules and commitments
with your kids – are key to putting children first and avoiding
the “Uncle Dad Syndrome.” This is especially important if
you do not have an amicable relationship with your children’s other
parent, so they cannot find a reason to try and alter your parenting plans
or custody agreements.
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McKinley Irvin has helped countless men and women throughout the Pacific
Northwest understand their rights and the most appropriate steps to take
when navigating the divorce process. If you have questions about divorce
or other family law issues such as child custody, child support, and parenting
time, we invite you to speak with an experienced attorney from our firm.
During an initial consultation, our legal team can discuss your situation
in depth and explain how we can be of assistance in protecting your rights.
To request a consultation, contact McKinley Irvin today.