How Indiana Courts Evaluate Whether The Father Is Fit To Have Custody

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”
-William Shakespeare

Court-appointed psychologists have made some egregiously mother-biased assessments in custody hearings in the past, but did read about last year’s father that was determined to be “wholly incapable” of taking care of his child after simply refusing to take him for fast food? This father knew his son was likely having a lot of junk food, but was surprised to hear that upon refusal to take him to McDonald’s that an unusual tantrum would ensue. The father, himself a former corporate attorney, aptly filed a defamation suit against the court-appointed psychologist.

Despite federal pro-father initiatives, your rights as a father may not be appropriately considered in custody hearings. To be sure, the aim of either spouse in custody cases should be what’s best for the children. In the battle mentioned above, the victim of the whole story is the boy who is caught in the middle of the fight.  We believe that a father’s rights to custody are part and parcel to what’s best for the children. Let’s talk about what factors Indiana courts consider in evaluating whether a father is fit to have custody.

Indiana Paternal Custody Considerations

  • The level of the child’s emotional ties the father
  • The child’s relationship with the father
  • Special needs of the child & the father’s ability to provide care
  • Health of the father & how it will affect the child
  • The father’s basic child-rearing aptitude
  • Character, temperament and stability of the father
  • The father’s educational level
  • The home environment the father provides
  • Employment status of the father vs. the mother
  • Financial status of the father
  • Drug abuse history
  • Alcohol abuse history
  • Physical or psychological abuse history
  • Father’s ability to meet the child’s needs
    • Emotional
    • Social
    • Moral
    • Financial
    • Educational

An Advocate For Fathers

Whether you are married, remarried or unmarried, our New Albany, Indiana, law office will support you against a court system and society that still tends to give precedence to the rights of mothers. Father’s child support rights lawyer Stanley E. Robison, Jr. can help you fight back.

Contact our fathers’ rights lawyer online or call (812) 945-3055 today to put a strong advocate in your corner. We will fight hard to ensure you remain an active participant in your children’s lives.

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