There is a perception among some that child custody is often granted solely to a child's mother. While most state's statutory schemes, including Ohio's, do not give preference to either gender in custody determinations, this perception persists. What cannot be disputed is the fact that fathers often play a vitally important role in their children's lives. Due to biological necessity, unmarried fathers who wish to seek sole or even joint custody often have to take legal action to secure their rights. It can be challenging, but in the end can be worth it.
Dakota Meyer, the father of Bristol Palin's child Sailor, may soon be taking those steps. According to reports, the father is going to be seeking joint custody of the child, which was allegedly conceived during the couple's engagement, but born subsequent to the relationship's end. Palin has yet to comment on the matter, but there is always a possibility that an issue like this will be contested. While child custody certainly revolves around the amount of time a parent spends with his or her child, it can also bleed into child support matters, which certainly could arise here if Palin retains sole custody.
When facing a child custody battle, fathers often face an uphill fight. For this reason, they need to enter the legal arena fully prepared. Since child custody determinations are based on the child's best interests, it is crucial to be able to articulate why the arrangement being sought supports those interests.
Acquiring the assistance of a competent attorney may be beneficial in this regard. With persuasive arguments buttressed by the law, an attorney may be able to help a father successfully argue for either joint or sole custody, depending on the circumstances. Thus, it may be in a father's, and his child's, best interests to discuss the matter with a family law attorney.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Dakota Meyer seeks joint custody of child with Bristol Palin," Mark Thiessen, Jan. 6, 2015