Not all children whose fathers live with them turn out well. Not all children whose fathers do not turn out badly. However, there is plenty of evidence to show that most children will benefit from having their fathers take an active role in their lives.

What can fathers do to encourage the well-being of their children?

Research suggests that the benefits to a child of having their father participate are affected by several factors. Some of these you can do nothing about:

Some things you can do something about:

Fighting for paternity and visitation rights can be tough. Yet, it truly is in your child’s best interests to have you in their life.