What are Mothers’ Rights?

What are Mothers’ Rights?

Child custody is one of the most hotly-contested issues in divorce, and it’s no secret why. However, if you are a mother and are at risk of losing child custody, you are most likely extremely worried. Fortunately, our firm is here to help. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Nassau County child custody attorney to learn more about your rights as a mother, and how we can use those rights to help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Are courts biased towards women in divorce?

In the past, courts have generally shown a bias towards awarding child custody to the female parent. However, in more recent years, courts have begun to correct this bias, for various reasons. For one, fathers have been fighting more and more for joint custody agreements as fatherhood has changed through the years, and the courts have recognized their right to parenting time. That being said, obtaining sole custody of your child is simply not automatic anymore, unless you can prove that the child’s father is unfit to be a parent or is dangerous for your child to be around.

Will Nassau County courts consider the amount of time I spend with my child when deciding custody?

In today’s day and age, it is often the case that both parents work, resulting in both parents spending about the same time with their child. Though of course parenting time will impact the court’s decision, especially if you spent far more time raising your child than his or her other parent, if you and your spouse both worked, you may not have an advantage there.

What are the most important factors when it comes to determining child custody?

Child custody almost entirely revolves around your child’s best interest–not yours. That is why when deciding terms of child custody, Nassau County courts will consider several things. First, they will consider your child’s age. For example, if your child is 2 years old or younger, your chances of getting child custody drastically increase, as many mothers of infants can argue that their child needs breastfeeding. Additionally, courts will also consider the bond you have with your child, the benefits of living with one parent over the other, and, if the child is old enough, whether he or she has a preference.

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