Do Fathers Ever Get Primary Custody Of A Child?

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Less than two decades ago, most child custody cases ended with mothers receiving primary custody of their children. This is because of antiquated gender roles and incorrect beliefs that women are naturally better caretakers than men. However, the world has changed a lot in the past 20 or so years. Thankfully, mothers and fathers are both treated equally in family court, and New York courts now tend to favor evenly divided custody between the two parents. To learn how fathers could win primary custody of their children, read this blog or reach out to a Fathers’ Rights Attorney in Bohemia, NY today!


Yes, even though this was extremely rare two decades ago. Child custody is decided based on the best interests of the child, regardless of each parent’s gender. A father could win primary custody of a child for various reasons, but evenly split custody between two parents is far more common now in New York. If both parents are fit to be parents, then the court usually decides that shared custody is in the child’s best interest so that both parents have an opportunity to spend time and bond with their child. Most of the time, a single parent earns full custody if the other parent is deemed “unfit” by the courts. For example, the court can grant a father primary or full custody if it’s proven that the mother is abusive or unable to provide the child with a safe and comfortable home.


If you’re fighting for custody of your child, you might want to hire an experienced child custody attorney who has your best interest in mind. If the other co-parent is unfit to care for your child, an attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to prove so. To win primary or full custody, you can prove that it’s in the best interests of the child to reside with you. The court could also base its decision on each parent’s relationship with the child prior to fighting for custody. For example, if a child mainly resided with their father and relied on their father for everyday care needs, the court may grant the father more custody rights than the mother.

Are you a father currently fighting to win custody of your children? Are you looking for an experienced child custody lawyer to fight for you? Look no further because the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, PC is on your side! Contact our team today for an initial consultation.

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I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

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I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

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