I thought visitors here might be interested in how it feels for a legal team dedicated to fathers rights for when a plan comes through.
Father, our client, has prevailed in round two of a five round custody contest.
Mother kicked dad out and withheld visits unless he submit to confess to her family church counselor/pastor that he had been unfaithful, claiming Dad didn’t deserve unsupervised contact with the children based on his sinful ways.
Before the confessing was scheduled, we had been restrained and filed for Father’s custody and visitation rights.
Meantime our client met with Mom’s church counselor as had been prearranged, and politely excused himself before the ‘confession’ proceeded.
Rather, Father took our suggestion and met with a testing psychologist far a private eval as to any and all possible ‘safety’ issues for the children that Mom had raised based on his alleged ‘sinfulness.’
Dad came away with a glowing result reporting that all the tests confirmed Dad was emotionally healthy and posed no risk to his children.
Nevertheless, Mom restricted all contact with the children — save for daytime visits that were supervised.
Dad followed our guidance to complete a certificate parenting class and seek professional counseling with an experienced child psychologist to become familiar with age appropriate developmental concerns that might arise for his children during separation and divorce BEFORE attending court ordered custody mediation for a written custody/visitation recommendation to the court
Success! The court mediator caught on to Mother’s disruptive agenda for Father-Kid bonding issues, and has recommended full joint custody to Dad (2/2/3 sharing schedule) with a strong and reasoned recommendation for counseling for not Dad, but for MOM!
Divorce is not fun. Anxieties and fears fill modern family courtrooms. But no child ought be denied a father’s unsupervised company, affection and love based on allegations of fault made by one parent against the other parent because the other desires to end the marriage. Fathers and, yes, families can and must continue after a marriage comes to an end.