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Divorced fathers can set their own parenting rules

Sometimes after a divorce, a man may be apprehensive about his role as a father. However, according to a writer who has written about being a divorced father, there are some things that fathers should understand as they transition into their post-divorce fathering duties. Here are a few things the writer suggests you keep in mind:

  • Your home means your rules. As a responsible parent, you have a right to set the boundaries for your children when they are in your possession.
  • You can create and adhere to your own expectations of fatherhood. Being divorced actually frees you to define and live up to what you believe are the standards of being a good father.
  • Regardless of the amount of time you are able to spend with your children, you are a full-time father, and so it is important to be committed to your responsibilities.
  • Your children will be happy just to spend time with you. You do not have to constantly buy them gifts or fill every moment with amusements.
  • The writer also asserts that fathers have natural parenting instincts that they should trust. Over time, you will get to know your "inner dad" and become more genuine in your role as a father.

How can a father get his visitation rights enforced?

Being a divorced father can be extremely challenging. If your children are living with the other parent, you may find it difficult to see them as often as you would like. In order to maintain a healthy relationship with your children, every moment that you can spend with them is very important. If you have a visitation schedule, you probably have to arrange much of your life to accommodate it. Of course, your children likely look forward to spending time with you when those visitation days come around.

Acknowledging paternity can give fathers parenting rights

It has become extremely common for households with children to have only one parent. But at the same time, it continues to get more difficult for a single parent to make ends meet. The prices for everything from housing to food just keep getting higher and higher. From an economic standpoint, it can be extremely important for both of a child's parents to contribute to the household's expenses.

Men can fight paternity fraud with DNA tests

We would all like to believe that those with whom we are intimate will also be honest. Unfortunately, sometimes people choose to act deceptively. Perhaps one of the worst deceptions that a man can endure is when a woman misleads him about a child's paternity. Typically, men welcome the opportunity to share in the caring of children they have fathered. But it is quite another thing for a man to be held accountable for the care of a child who is not his without being aware of the situation.

Acknowledgement of paternity gives father's parental rights

For any number of reasons, couples may choose to have a child while forgoing marriage. And often, the father may have a strong desire to have a close relationship with the child. Such arrangements are not uncommon, but there can be questions as to how to establish legal paternity.

Fathers can provide valuable lessons to their children

The Welsh-born English poet George Herbert is credited as having said that "one father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." And although this idea was put forth well over 300 years ago, it remains true today. Fathers can provide their children with a wealth of wisdom and important information.

How could small acts by father positively affect a child?

It is sometimes said that it is the little things in life that can count the most. A non-custodial father may not realize just how big a contribution he is making to his child's life by doing what seem to be very small things. But what small things might make a big difference in a child's life?

Man must pay large sum in support for a child he did not father

Texas residents who have experienced paternity issues may be interested in a story recently reported by a Detroit TV station. The story is about a man who has to pay over $30,000 in child support. The man's problems started when an ex designated him as her child's father when she filed for welfare benefits. It was in the early 1900s that the man first became aware of having been named the child's father.

Sons and daughters benefit from time spent with fathers

Mothers deservedly receive a great deal of credit for the love and support that they provide for their children, but fathers can play an equally important role in making children feel cared for and safe. But if parents are divorced and the mother has primary custody, it can be difficult for fathers to be with their children. Yet time should be set aside because fathers have so much to offer.

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