The Increase in Custody Wins for Dads Shows Embrace of New Family Roles
Divorce lawyers in Dallas and Texas generally have commented recently on a growing trend toward a more even viewing of single dads winning primary custody. Fathers are more involved in their children’s lives and mothers have increasingly entered the workforce, making is more common for fathers to seek and gain primary care of their children. Although Texas law doesn’t provide for an equal split of time with parents, more judges are willing to consider a 50/50 arrangement in the right fact situations. (Texas law provides a standard possession schedule that accommodates the splitting of weekend, but leaves the children in one parent’s house during the week.) This trend bears out nationwide, according to an article by Bloomberg. Single fathers now account for 8% of all American households with children. Between 1965 and 2000, men more than doubled the time they spent playing with and teaching their children, from 2.5 to 6.5 hours per week, according to a 2007 study by the Russell Sage Foundation, a New York based social science research organization. Mothers spent 12.9 hours per week in 2000.
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