Protecting Fathers’ Rights In New Jersey
In New Jersey courts and across the United States, fathers continue to have a historic disadvantage when facing a child custody case. Courts and judges have a traditional bias in favor of the mother. The “tender years doctrine,” a legal principle that has existed since the late 1800s, presumed that children under the age of four should stay with the mother.
This outdated principle has influenced courts for too long. A father’s relationship is equally important to a child’s well-being. Unfortunately, only around 17% of parents with physical custody are men. This discrepancy is a clear snapshot of the way our justice system values a father’s relationship with his child. Fathers should have equal rights in court when facing a child custody case. The mother is supposed to no longer be considered automatically a “better parent.”
The paternal relationship is just as important to a fruitful life of the child and courts should offer the same consideration when hearing custody cases. According to the best interests of the child, a court should understand that positive familial relationships should not be disrupted because of divorce. The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC, in Red Bank has decades of experience advocating for fathers’ rights, and will work tirelessly to protect the paternal relationship and the family. To learn more about how we can help New Jersey fathers, contact us online or by phone at 732-582-5061.
Fathers Deserve Equal Rights
New Jersey courts are supposed to remain “gender blind” when hearing cases related to children. Unfortunately, mothers are still statistically chosen to act as the custodial parent where a shared physical custody structure is impossible.
When faced with a custody battle, legal custody is a much more important factor for fathers. Even if they don’t get a joint residential custody arrangement, shared legal custody secures a role as a father. Legal custody is the right for a parent to make important legal decisions and function as a guardian for their child in important matters. These can include:
- Making medical decisions
- Having influence in academic matters
- Having influence in religious matters
If a father loses physical custody and legal custody, their relationship can be drastically diminished to something of an uncle. Though courts have improved in this regard, fathers continue to have an uphill battle on their hands. Having the right representation is always recommended.
Talk With An Attorney Who Can Protect Your Rights
Our firm is dedicated to fathers who want to secure their paternal relationship and continue to have a fruitful and positive relationship with their children. We can assess your case, guide you through your options, and work to secure your rights during your child custody matter. If you need legal advice or diligent representation, contact us online or by phone at 732-582-5061 to learn more.