The Courts Recognize That Fathers Are Parents, Too
Thirty years ago, things were different. In 1983 when founding attorney Janice M. Palmer began practicing family law, mothers were the ones who typically ended up with custody of the children. One of the greatest reasons for that was the fact that the women were usually the sole caretakers. Today, that paradigm has shifted and many men and women are co-parenting.
Based in Chandler, the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C., represents men throughout Greater Phoenix and the neighboring areas With 32 years experience, Mesa divorce attorney Janice M. Palmer is skilled in upholding fathers’ rights in matters pertaining to legal decision-making and parenting time (formerly called child custody).
While both parents are on equal footing under Arizona law, the courts still use the best interests of the child as the lodestar. In most cases, absent some heinous behavior by the mother or father, the child is best served by having as much contact with both parents as possible.
“Just because you’re a man doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to be a parent to your child. Dads have a lot to contribute.” — Mesa divorce attorney Janice Palmer
Strengthening Your Case
The most important action you can take to strengthen your case in court is to be involved in your child’s life in meaningful ways. In other words, be a parent. Change your daughter’s diapers, take your son to doctor appointments, attend parent-teacher conferences — simply be there for your children. The family law courts place great value on this.
The courts will also look at whether the other side will allow meaningful and continuing contact. For instance, if the mother will not allow your child to see you, the courts will take this into account. We can also take legal action on your behalf.
Call Our Mesa Divorce Attorney
For knowledgeable legal guidance from a Mesa divorce attorney with decades of experience, turn to the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. Schedule an initial consultation by contacting our office by calling (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725.