Time and time again, research has shown the benefits children experience as a result of having their Tulsa fathers involved in their daily lives.
Of course, no parent needs to be told that their child will benefit from their involvement. But academic studies can be powerful and persuasive evidence to provide to an Oklahoma family court.
An experienced Tulsa fathers’ rights attorney can help you present such evidence to a court in order to make a persuasive argument in favor of your legal parenting rights. Call 918-986-7724 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Fathers Are Important to Their Children
Research presented in the Journal of Family Psychology indicates that poor relationships between a father and child leads to the child being in poor health.
The same study also found that spending more time with the father was beneficial to children in both high-conflict and low-conflict families. This parallels a finding that exposure to conflict was detrimental to children who spent both good and bad times with their fathers.
Thus, even when there is conflict between the parents, research demonstrates the importance of parenting time for Tulsa fathers.
Interestingly, the researchers noted that multiple studies have found that parental conflict actually decreases when fathers’ parenting time is increased up to and including “shared residential custody” — a schedule of essentially equal parenting time.
So, how do these academic findings apply to Tulsa fathers in a custody dispute?
Oklahoma law requires all judges to act in the best interests of the children in assuring frequent and continuing contact with both parents after a divorce. Judges must also act in the best interests of the children when awarding visitation to a non-custodial parent.
Tulsa fathers often approach a custody case with the idea of protecting their parental rights. Even though they care about the best interests of their child, they might not know how important it can be to represent the father’s role as being in the best interests of their child.
Courts look for objective evidence that will help them make an unbiased determination of what is best for the child. Academic research can provide evidence that increasing paternal parenting time is in the best interests of the children. Judges may find such research persuasive.
An experienced Tulsa fathers’ rights attorney will know how to effectively use such evidence in a custody case. He or she can combat an opposing attorney’s challenges to the validity of the research or an attempt to present research that claims paternal parenting time is unimportant.
Free Consultation: Tulsa Fathers’ Rights Attorney
Parenting time is a critical step toward establishing a healthy relationship between father and child. Research has consistently demonstrated the importance of paternal parenting time, and a Tulsa custody lawyer can help you use this research to strengthen your position in any custody dispute.
Many Tulsa fathers have been able to protect their visitation rights and develop relationships with their children with my help. Call 918-986-7724 or contact me online to schedule your free consultation.