If you have to go to court over child custody concerns, one thing that might be troublesome to you is the idea that the courts in Missouri tend to side with women. The reality is that no court is legally allowed to side with one parent over the other due to gender. It's been proven time and time again that men and women are both capable of caring for their children and providing them with all they need in life.
As a father who wants to have as much time with his children as possible, you realize the importance of working with an attorney who is well-versed in family law. The right attorney can help you protect your parental rights and guarantee that you are not facing bias in court.
Why is there a perceived bias in family courts?
Today, people may assume that women are more likely to obtain custody or to have the upper hand in custody battles in Missouri. Part of the reason why people assume this is that it was fairly normal in the past for women to keep custody of their children. That was generally due to the fact that men were working, so women were left at home to raise their kids.
Over time, it turned into the idea that women were better at raising their children, which is not the case at all. It just so happened that women were more likely to be left with the responsibility to raise their children, because their husbands were left to work. That's not the truth today, though. Many parents both share the responsibility of raising their children. Men may be stay-at-home fathers or earn less than their wives. They might work part-time jobs and be at home when their kids are.
With the way society has changed, there is no reason that a man should have to worry that he will face bias when fighting for custody of his children. However, with the possibility present, it's best if you do start your case with an educated, experienced attorney on your side. A good attorney will be able to help you prepare documentation for the Missouri courts, like witness statements to support that you're a good parent and financial documents to show that you can provide for your children. The right help goes a distance toward getting you the custody arrangements that you want with your children.