When it comes to child custody battles, fathers may feel like the odds are stacked against them. But, in fact, this is not the case.
British Columbia’s Family Law Act ceased using the word “custody” in 2013, favoring terms such as “parenting responsibilities” and “parenting time,” but still relating to what we think of as custody.
The act considers parenting roles of both parents, and courts often start from the place that a child needs both parents. The best interest of the child is different for each unique case. Sometimes that may be 50/50 but can vary. For example, if one parent struggles to get the child to school on time but has lots of fun on weekends, that would be considered when deciding arrangements.
The focus is on what strengths each parent offers, rather than looking at the negatives.
Cases in which a father does not get to see his children are extremely rare, and when they do happen, are for good reason.
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