Father’s day is coming soon, so we thought we’d share some thoughts on fatherhood after a divorce. Before the divorce, dad was just dad with all the usual roles it involves. Now, the process of divorce will likely impact a father’s relationship with his children. Regardless of how amicable the divorce may be, it is a fact that mom and dad are no longer together living under the same roof.
The courts are more apt to award joint custody to parents these days, particularly if the divorce is uncontested. However, many believe that the courts still favor the mother and some states are taking steps to fix that. It is also still typical that the mother stays in the children's primary residence even when the parents share custody. These factors can lead fathers to feel that they are fighting an uphill battle.
Sometimes it can be hard for dads to compete with the connection most children have with their moms. This disparity can come clearly into focus when a couple separates or divorces, particularly if the mother is consciously or unconsciously creating parental alienation between child and dad. While constructive co-parenting should be the norm, 11-15 percent of divorces involve parental alienation. This can appear in a number of warning signs in the behavior of the child or ex-wife.
As a newly-single dad going through a divorce, you have a lot on your mind. You are preoccupied with issues like property division, alimony and child custody. You are also learning a lot about the process of divorce.
The upcoming tax deadline may be among your upcoming chores to respond to in a timely manner. In fact, there are probably only two other topics that weigh heavier on your mind: Your divorce, and your child(ren).
If you are a single father, you may be wondering whether it is possible to obtain full custody of your child. Some single fathers worry that the court will automatically grant custody to the child's mother out of a misconception that women are inherently more nurturing than men.
A growing movement in Texas and the rest of the United States is the movement for fathers' rights. The participants in this movement argue that family law courts should follow a standard of granting fifty-fifty parenting time in custody decisions whenever possible. These fathers--and some mothers--have become increasingly vocal in their advocacy for equal parenting time. The movement came close to scoring a major victory for equal parenting rights this year with a recent piece of legislation.
When a baby is born in Texas, the state issues a birth certificate in order to document important details such as the child's name, date of birth, sex and parentage. For most people, their birth certificate will remain the same for the rest of their lives. For others, it may be necessary to amend certain details--whether the birth certificate is yours, or your child's. If a child is born during a marriage, there is a legal presumption that the husband is the biological father of the child.
Fathers play a very important role in children's lives. Not having a father involved in a child's life can have many ramifications for a child. A recent study suggests it could even impact a child on a cellular level.
For many fathers, being a dad is an incredibly important part of their life. According to Pew Research Center data, around 57 percent of fathers point to parenting as being an extremely important aspect of their life.