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Post-divorce cases see rise of shared parenting child custody

There is a movement currently in our country that calls for more shared parenting in child custody cases. This decision allows fathers involved equal rights when it comes to spending time with their children after a divorce or separation. It is often the case that when parents either get divorced or separate, a majority of courts favor the mother when it comes to child custody. 

This trend is found in Florida as well as in most states in this country. Recently, it was found that, during the years 2002 and 2012, another state's custody cases resulted in the mother's favor while almost 72 percent of fathers were given the chance to see their children five times per month. This struggle that many fathers sometimes face in attempts to gain full custody is supported by recent data from the U.S. Census, which showed that almost 83 percent of custodial parents are mothers.

The good news for dads is that more people are aware that this is an important issue. There are now 20 states that have supported passing a new bill for shared parenting. This is based partly on the results of a multitude of studies that have revealed that shared parenting often helps children affected by divorce in many different ways, including have a positive effect on their physical and mental health and development.

Divorce in Florida is not often an easy matter for either of the parties involved. It is made even more emotionally trying when children are involved. When this is the case, those involved usually consult an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney who has experience in handling child custody cases. Experienced attorneys are best able to evaluate their clients' cases, walk them through the legal process and represent their interests in the legal proceedings that follow.

Source: parentherald.com, "Shared parenting gaining support, equal-time child custody the new post-divorce arrangement", June 19, 2015

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