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Fatherhood and Leading by Example

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

    Children learn to socialize, cope, develop relationships, and navigate life based on their observations of the adults in their lives. Amongst the strongest influences in helping children develop into healthy, well-adjusted adults are their parents. This is why as a father, it is so important to approach parenting in a thoughtful, consistent manner. A critical part of this equation is to truly understand that you lead your children with both your words and your actions. In essence, you can positively lead by example when your actions match your words. Healthy Relationships  Children often mimic their parents’ mannerisms in the context of what they see between adults. Just watch them interact with their friends or at the playground, and you may notice them using some very familiar words and …

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Is the Child Yours? Steps to Establishing Paternity

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

Fatherhood is a wonderful life experience and also a big responsibility. Fatherhood also comes with legal rights and important duties. These legal rights include the rights of custody, visitation, and access, so you have the ability to know the child, have a real relationship with the child, and help in making important decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. The most focused-upon duty that a father has is that of child support. While no one can disagree that fathers should have the right to visit with their children and bear financial responsibility for them, courts need to be sure that a man is a child’s father before allowing access and ordering many years of child support payments. This is why it is important to establish paternity. In order to exercise rights as …

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Self-Care Suggestions for Fathers

In Child Custody, Health by Elizabeth Stephenson

When you are a single father, you can get pulled in a lot of directions: role model, provider, co-parent, friend, and co-worker, to name a few. If your separation or divorce occurred recently, you find yourself in new and uncharted territory. You are likely stressed about finances, trying to navigate your own emotions, working out a custody and visitation plan, and trying to find a way to co-exist with your child’s mother. Even more importantly, as much as you are struggling with a separation or divorce, you are painfully aware that your child is experiencing grief and loss as well. You are therefore trying to be a good parent to a sad and confused child. You try to do the right things and say the perfect words to reassure them …

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Fathers Have Rights in North Carolina

In Child Custody, Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

The law recognizes that the parent-child relationship is a critical one and that it is generally in children’s best interest to have a continued, bonded relationship with both of their parents. It is a simple fact that in most situations children need fathers, and they thrive emotionally, socially, and academically when they are able to have healthy, consistent relationships. Therefore, if you are a father of a child in North Carolina, it is important to understand your parental rights and how to exercise them. Paternity In order to have parental rights, you have to be legally recognized as a child’s father. These include important rights like custody, visitation, and decision-making. If you were married to the mother of the child at the time of the child’s conception or birth, the …