Fathers often face uphill battles when it comes to obtaining joint custody rights with the mother of the child. While biases that favor giving custody to the mother have faded, fathers may still have to work harder to protect their legal rights in some cases. As far as the law is concerned, if paternity has been legally established then a father has the same right as the mother to obtain custody of the child. Often, the situation can be complicated for a father who was unaware of his full legal rights when the original custody and visitation orders were made and a modification may be needed. If emotions run high, as they often do in these kinds of cases, then fathers may need to seek legal assistance to help best protect their legal rights. Thankfully today, many fathers have successfully obtained the custody, visitation, and child support orders they deserve.