Understanding a father’s rights when you are not married is very important. A father should always stay informed about the different rights he has as a father and what steps, if any, he should take in order to exercise those rights.
Until the past decade, the divorce process has been fairly sexist when children are involved. The mother was usually awarded custody without much thought otherwise, leaving the father with limited visitation rights and enormous child support payments.
He did not know how to locate the child that he knew he had fathered years ago. The child had always wondered who his father was. He never asked his mother this question. He feared that she would get mad. Each wondered and each had the right to know. The man did not know who to ask. The mother never talked to her son about his dad. The years passed and the child was reaching his teenage years. Still the two had never met. The man continued his search and the child continued to fear asking his mother about his father.
A divorce is difficult for the entire family. When a mother and father get divorced, it pulls apart and rearranges the lives of the parents and children. It can be easy for fathers to get caught up in the drama of the divorce and not recognize the needs of their hurting children. There is so much anger and hurt between the father and mother that the child’s needs can be pushed aside or ignored. The following guide will help fathers take their child’s feelings and development into consideration when parenting after a divorce.