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Fathers have rights to custody and time with their children

Generations ago it was significantly more common for mothers to stay home with the children born to their marriages and to forego work outside of the home as their husbands took on careers and earned the money that supported the family. Since mothers were seen as the primary caregivers of the children it was more likely that they would be granted custody of their kids in the event that their marriage to their husbands ended.

Now, however, Phoenix fathers are as likely to be involved in the upbringing of their kids as their children's moms. There is no presumption that a child should automatically be placed in the physical custody of their mother if the child's parents choose to end their relationship; in Arizona and jurisdictions throughout the country child custody determinations must consider the best interests of the children who will be affected by the orders and agreements accepted by the family law courts.

If it would serve a child's best interests to be placed in the legal and physical custody of their father, that is the outcome that the court should find. Fathers can benefit from strong legal advocates who support their male clients' rights to stay involved in their children's lives and affairs even after their marriages and relationships with the kids' mothers dissolve.

The Wilson-Goodman Law Group serves the family law interests of fathers who want a fighting chance to raise their kids, gain custody and stay active participants in their children's lives. The family law practice welcomes inquiries from new and existing clients and invites readers of its legal blog to visit the attorneys of the firm online through its fathers' rights page.

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