Aria Janel
I Want Custody!
Child custody trial rates have increased quite a few these past years. A lot of questions have run through a lot of minds trying to figure out what they should know and also what to expect. This F.A.Q. (Frequently asked questions) page is filled with statistics, examples, and a lot of information that everyone dealing with this should know. Three questions that you may know or might even be looking for are all found in this F.A.Q. . This F.A.Q. is more or less written for a father in a situation but is also written to anyone who may be wanting to know a little more about this topic.

Who usually wins a custody case?​
Depending on maturity, age, and your child's reasons that they give may have a huge affect on who receives custody of your child (“ Child Custody”). One thing that some people are not aware of is that the law is set up to give the rights to the parent who has worked the least which is most often the mother because she gave birth and most likely took off many sick days(“In Guide: How fathers can win child custody”).

Which is most likely for fathers: full custody or visitation rights?
The likely hood of a separated father getting full custody of a child is estimated to be around 10% (Honeycutt). In order for the father to receive full custody the mother must be a drug abuser, beating the child, moving out of the state for no reason, and or being sexually abusive. Only if the mother is found guilty of any of the following will the child be given to his/her father (“ In Guide; How fathers can win child custody”). Also the mother can prevent the time the father has with the child (Honeycutt). So if you are a father be sure you also do or have any of these charges placed upon you.

If you do not receive full custody of your child there are 3 types of visitation rights. Reasonable, fixed, and supervised. Reasonable visitation rights is when the time spent with the child is based on what the parents work out among each other. Fixed visitation is when the court gets to decide all the details such as who, where, and when. Supervised visitation is when the adult can spend time with the child but a custodial parent must be present at all times during the visit.(“ Child Visitation F.A.Q.”)

Who doesn't get custody and if they do is it usually enough?
Out of 20 fathers 8 of them would not have any access or visitation rights to their offspring(s)(Honeycutt).This number may seem small but when you think of how many marriages don't last, the number of teen pregnancies, the number of divorces, and birth rates. All of these numbers have definitely increased since this data that was taken in 2007.

​Out of 20 men 14 of them feel they do not have enough time with their child (Honeycutt). They feel as if the time they do receive with the child is very limited or is sometimes cut short. When trying to think of reasons why times may be short you might have come across the solution that the mother may be making up excuses of why the child can not come over or why they may have to leave. One also may be because of work hours and the father himself may not be able to have as much time as they would like to have with their child.


"Child Custody." Free Advice. Advice Company, 2010. Web. 14 April 2010. <>.

"Child Visitation F.A.Q.." DirectoryM Articles. NOLO, 2008. Web. 16 April 2010. <>.

"In Guide: How fathers can win child custody ." Intellectual Conservative. N.p., 22 Jan. 2006. Web. 19 April 2010. <>.

Honeycutt, Jonathan. "Statistics." Center for children Justice. N.p., 2007. Web. 20 April 2010. <>.