A new trend is occurring throughout the nation to provide fathers more equal parenting time and rights to their children after a separation or divorce. In the past, mothers were typically given full custody of their children while fathers had only limited visitation rights. This new movement is good news for both fathers and their children as recent research has concluded that children typically do better when they are able to share time equally between both parents.
A recent article in The Parent Herald discusses several studies and reports that state that, until recently, an overwhelming percent of child custody cases favored the mother, and the National Parents Organization even graded states on their child custody statutes. The majority of the states rated received a C or D grade.
However, this joint custody trend has been gaining momentum, and this year 20 states have already begun the process of passing bills that will allow for shared parenting. Making equal parenting time the norm instead of the exception is the goal of this movement to change legislation. Proponents hope that it will not only benefit the fathers and children but mothers as well. With the time needed to care for their children reduced, mothers would have more time to focus on themselves and their careers.
Couples who are considering separation or divorce may want to consider a joint custody arrangement that will provide equal parenting time and rights for both parents. Obviously, certain exceptions can exist where one parent is abusive or otherwise unfit to care for the children; however, in many cases, shared parenting can offer an advantageous solution for all involved. For more information and guidance on child custody arrangements, divorcing parents would need to speak with an experienced family law attorney.
Source: Parent Herald. "Father's Day 2015: Shared Parenting Gaining Support, Equal-Time Child Custody the New Post-Divorce Arrangement," Staff Reporter, Jun 19, 2015