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Growing number of fathers seeking custody rights

Florida fathers who are going through a divorce may be interested in knowing that attorneys are increasingly concerned with protecting fathers’ rights. Some states are reexamining their custody laws to see if they are fair enough for fathers, and there is research backing the idea that children do better with the involvement of both parents. Furthermore, as the family structure has changed and more mothers as well as fathers are working and bringing in substantial incomes, fathers are increasingly concerned about spending equal time with their children.

Statutes can differ a great deal from state to state and also between jurisdictions. In fact, different judges in the same county may come to different conclusions regarding custody. Some states have made an effort to shift terminology from phrases like “sole custody” to “parenting time” while others have tried to focus more on giving fathers equal consideration. Between 1989 and 2012, the number of stay-at-home fathers nearly doubled to 2 million while between 1986 and 2008 the number of mothers getting sole custody was cut nearly in half. Despite these changes, fathers in many states still face an uphill battle.

Some experts theorize that the shift in thought regarding parental rights is related to the fact that many people who are attorneys and judges today grew up in divorced households. Those individuals may want children to have a different and better experience.

Fathers who are not married to the mothers of their children may need to go to court to establish rights in the first place, but from that point forward, they are not treated differently from fathers who were married. An attorney may be able to help ensure that fathers in a divorce case are able to take advantage of their rights.

Source: Detroit Free Press, “More dads demand equal custody rights, reject child-support arrangements of yesterday“, Sharon Jayson , June 14, 2014