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Asserting parental rights can be a struggle for divorced fathers

It has long been true that many men who attempt to gain at least shared custody of their children have a difficult time doing so. The idea that children are better off raised by their mother instead of their father is an old, yet pervasive, one. It used to be that a father seeking sole custody of his children in a divorce case, for example, might practically be laughed out of the courtroom.

This concept does not always hold true anymore. However, it can be difficult for some family court judges to see past the gender of each parent and instead award custody rights based on a child's best interests. Men are often at a disadvantage simply because they are men. This is not a fair assumption for people to make anymore -- that men aren't as beneficial to a child's life as women -- but men fighting for their rights as fathers need to understand that it exists.

In many cases, it's a question of educating people about the role many men play in their kids' lives. Assumptions and stereotypes are hard to shake; it might take a convincing argument to demonstrate to people that fathers can be just as solid parents as mothers -- and, depending on the circumstances, sometimes superior.

That's why having an experienced female attorney to represent you as a supporter of fathers' rights can be a big asset in a custody dispute. A woman representing a man might dispel some measures of bias when it comes to making decisions in family court.

For more information about fathers' rights in Texas, please visit our Houston fathers' rights page.

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