Some people assume that child custody is almost always granted to mothers and that few fathers are custodial parents. However, statistics show that an increasing number of fathers are custodial parents. If you are in the middle of a dispute over child custody, it is important to stay focused and keep this in mind as you work through your case.
From courtroom drama to child support and child care, custodial parents have many responsibilities and stressors to work through.
Reviewing trends on custodial fathers
According to information that is published on the U.S. Census Bureau’s website, fathers are more likely to become custodial parents in comparison to previous years. During 2018, 20.1 percent of custodial parents were fathers. However, 16 percent of custodial parents were fathers during 1994. With more and more fathers becoming custodial parents, it is important for fathers to review their rights, such as their eligibility to receive child support payments.
Reviewing strategies to protect a child’s best interests
There are many factors that come into play with regard to establishing a custody arrangement that is in a child’s best interests, regardless of a parent’s gender. Both parents need to focus on providing their children with the resources they need, whether this means paying child support or taking action to receive back child support. Unfortunately, many children are caught in the middle of bitter disputes and have difficulty due to various expenses (such as school supplies, clothing and tuition). Custodial parents also need to focus on a child’s emotional well-being and provide them with the love and support that they are counting on.