Fathers need to be in their kids’ lives in custody disputes

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2023 | child custody

In custody disputes, the spotlight used to gravitate toward mothers, overshadowing the role of fathers. Louisiana courts do recognize now that children usually benefit from having strong connections with both of their parents.

If you are a father in a custody dispute, it can help your case if you show involvement in your children’s lives, for example, taking them to appointments and attending school conferences.

Child’s health

Attending medical appointments demonstrates a commitment to the child’s well-being and provides evidence of a father’s active involvement in health care decisions. Judges often consider the emotional and physical health of the child when making custody decisions. A proactive father can help his case.

Educational involvement

School plays an important role in a child’s development. Fathers who actively participate in their child’s education show commitment that courts consider.

Attending school conferences, talking with teachers and staying informed about a child’s academic progress signal a father’s interest. These actions can lead to a stronger parent-child relationship and show the father as responsible and invested.


About 23.1% of the population in Louisiana is younger than 18. Many of these children have parents in custody disputes.

Consistency matters in any custody disagreement. Fathers who consistently attend medical appointments, school conferences and the like show their consistent involvement in their child’s life. This regular presence establishes an emotional connection to the child and shows contributions to the child’s well-being and development.

Fathers stand to strengthen their position by actively participating in their children’s lives. Fathers can not only nurture a stronger bond with their children but also enhance their chances of securing a positive outcome in custody disputes.

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