Fathers Being Awarded Custody
Traditional gender roles once entailed that mothers primarily focus on domestic matters and raising their children while fathers left the marital home for work. Decades have passed since this was the norm, as more and more women have entered the workforce and many men have begun to share the responsibility of raising their daughters and sons. Nevertheless, there is sometimes a fear among fathers in opposite-sex couples as they go through divorce proceedings: whether due to their gender, their employment choices, or some combination of the two, they may not retain custody of their children once their divorces are finalized. In the video below, family law attorney Jennifer Sunderlin Morton dispels the myths and common concerns about fathers being awarded custody following divorces.
It is absolutely possible for a father to be awarded custody of a child. In New York State, there is no presumption that the mother should be the primary custodial parent. In New York, the standard is what is in the best interests of the child or children, and if the court determines that those interests are best served in the custody of the father, then the father will be awarded custody of the children.
Do you have questions about fathers being awarded custody after a divorce in New York State? Contact the law office of Jean M. Mahserjian for caring advocacy.
Attorney Jean Mahserjian has maintained her capital region law firm for over 20 years. The practice encompasses all areas of family and matrimonial law, an online uncontested divorce service and various areas of estate planning. Whether we’re assisting you with a family law issue or helping you plan for your family’s future with our estate planning practice, our goal is to fully educate you on your options and help you make the best decisions possible.