Traditionally, most child custody cases involving minor children award the mother custody of the child. That situation was acceptable for the generations in which the mother stayed home and raised the children and the father went out to work and financially supported the family.
However, gender roles have changed tremendously in the last century. Nowadays, more and more fathers are being awarded custody of their minor children by the court because they have taken on more of a nurturing role in the family. However, are there enough legal and financial resources for such single fathers to raise their children with all of the resources that their children need and want?
Although many more fathers are being awarded child custody, the number of cases in which the mother is awarded child custody is still a greater number. Many fathers’ rights advocates believe that, even with the trend in child custody cases, the financial infrastructure is still not conducive to fathers’ rights. Many fathers who come from low income families are often unable to get custody of their children, even if the mother does not have a great deal of money either.
Even with Fathers’ Day being celebrated globally, many Minnesota residents believe that the situation has not changed much and fathers still feel as though they are not a top priority, even in a child custody hearing in court. In many cases, it is helpful for the father who has had a similar experience to consult a knowledgeable attorney who can help the father to obtain at least partial custody of his child, which is extremely important for the relationship that the father shares with his child.
Source: ValleyNewsLive.com, “Single fathers say there’s a struggle to get support,” June 21, 2015