A father in New Jersey who recently lost custody of his children appeared in court in a Nazi uniform in an attempt to obtain visitation rights with his two-year-old son. The man claims that his son was taken by the state when he was only 16 hours old and he lost custody of his other three children because he gave them Nazi-inspired names. The state contends that there was previous violence in the home. The man previously made national news in 2008 when a supermarket refused to write his son’s name (Adolf Hitler Campbell) on his birthday cake.
If you are a father fighting for your right to see your children, you have to be on your best behavior. Wearing a Nazi uniform to court likely will not win over the judge. While fathers’ rights in Florida have come a long way and both parents now stand on equal ground when it comes to parenting plans and time share, it’s still important to show the court that you are a good and responsible parent.
Here are some tips to do just that:
- Be present and on time for all of your scheduled visits and parenting time with the children.
- Be a hands-on parent. Take your children to school and be present at all or most of their extracurricular activities.
- Adjust your work schedule to have as many overnight visits with your children as possible.
- Live close to your children’s mother if possible.
- Comply with all of your legal obligations, such as child support and alimony.
- Have a warm, inviting, and safe living environment for your children at your home.
- Co-parent effectively with your children’s mother and don’t speak negatively about her in front of the children.
- And finally, dress appropriately for court.
Following these tips will allow the court to see what a responsible and caring father you really are. However, if you need assistance fighting for the right to see your children, our experienced Pinellas County family law firm can help you maximize your time with your children.