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EZ Press Release -- May 25, 2012
Austin, TX – In his practice, family law attorney James W. Evans guides his clients through the thorny emotional issues of divorce, and no issue is more delicate in a contentious divorce than custody of the children. In Mr. Evans’ practice, the question of primary custody is generally raised by the father, either as part of the divorce or as a separate action. The fathers he advises are concerned about the court’s bias in favor of mothers. Mr. Evans tries to dispel that impression. “Dads come to me with the misconception that the courts are biased against dads. I don’t believe that,” says Evans. It may have been true 10 years ago, but Evans says, “I think that bias is gone. The courts are trying to dig for what’s in the best interest of the kids.”
When deciding what is best for the children, the courts do not evaluate individuals based on gender, but rather on the parent who will be the best caregiver. Sometimes a mother’s negative condition or behavior is obvious to the court, such as a mother who moves around a lot, has documented mental health issues (other than depression), substance abuse problems, or has a history with child protective services. “These are the obvious things where dads can win primary custody,” says Evans.
When the scales are not so obviously weighted in favor of the father, Evans says that the nuances, or finer distinctions, tend to determine the outcome of the case. Questions such as these become important to the father’s case: Does the child have special needs? Is the child in school? How far apart do the parents live? Another important factor in the custody evaluation is the ability of the parents to work together. This might seem like a small thing; however, a mother who withholds a child’s school schedule from the father or fails to tell him about concerts or games displays an inability to cooperate. The lack of cooperation is a trait that can be highlighted in favor of the father.
When deciding who will have primary custody of a child, the court may ask, ‘Who is the more stable parent? Who is the most permanent parent?’ In the final analysis, Evans advises clients to ask themselves this question: Why should a judge trust you to be the primary caregiver of your children?
If you are a parent who wants to explore the possibility of getting primary custody of your children, contact James W. Evans Law Office to schedule a free consultation. Call 512.628.2550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about James W. Evans and the firm’s full spectrum of family law services, visit their website at http://www.evansfamilylawgroup.com.
About Evans Family Law Office: Practice areas of James W. Evans Law Office include the full spectrum of family law services to clients in Central Texas: divorce, child custody, child support, property division, and related family law issues, such as children with special needs, spousal support, contested divorce, and grandparents’ rights. To schedule a free consultation call 512.628.2550, email email@example.com, or visit their website at http://www.evansfamilylawgroup.com.
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