The Washington State courts state that child custody is based solely on what is best for the child – not what sex or gender the custodial parent is. However, historically, mothers have more often won custody of children than fathers, especially when it comes to infants and young toddlers. While some believe that there is a bias in the court system against fathers who fight for custody, others believe that the court is simply making the best decision that they can while taking full consideration of parental fitness. In most cases, judges believe that what is best for the child is a continued relationship with both parents. If you are a father seeking custody of your children, do not let past traditions, perceived biases, or gender stereotypes stop you from fighting for your rights.

Molly B. Kenny
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Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Serving Bellevue and Seattle Washington