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Fathers are fighting back for their right to help parent their kids

Kids have the advantage of both parents' unique parenting styles when they're allowed to spend time with both Mom and Dad.
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    January 30, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Fathers are fighting back for their right to help parent their kids

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Many unmarried fathers throughout the country are currently unhappy with their child custody situations. In Tennessee and many other states, it's been traditional for years for courts to award custodyto the mother, says the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Fathers are often just given a token amount of custody, such as every other weekend - giving them a back-burner status as the "other," non-involved parent. However, most caring fathers would like to have a more active and involved role in the upbringing of their children.

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the parenting rights of fathers who have developed a substantial relationship with their children, but it doesn't often happen that dads get equal joint custody of their kids after a divorce. It's even more rare to see a father with sole custody, even in cases where it's in the children's best interests to be with their father. However, research has shown that kids with regular access to both parents benefit the most.

Kids need equal time with Mom and Dad

According to Focus on the Family, kids have the advantage of both parents' unique parenting styles when they're allowed to spend time with both Mom and Dad. A child whose parents are both involved has a better chance of being able to handle stressful situations, does better in school and is more able to empathize and feel compassion than a child who doesn't have a caring father in his or her life. Since fathers naturally have different parenting styles than mothers, both styles balance each other out and result in a child who grows into a well-balanced adult.

Unmarried father unknowingly loses right to parent his son

Sadly, some fathers lose the right to be involved in their kids' lives, with no say in the matter. One Utah man found out his ex-girlfriend had given up their son for adoption the day after he was born, more than three years ago. The couple had broken up during her pregnancy, but had planned to jointly parent the child. However, without the father's knowledge or consent, the mother gave the boy up and he has never had the chance to meet his son. Devastated over not being given the chance to be involved in his son's life, he has filed a federal lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend.

How an attorney can help

Some states have taken better measures in ensuring fathers are given the opportunity to help parent their kids, yet many may still find it a challenge to have a fair say in court. A divorce attorney with experience representing fathers' rights can help give dads a chance to be with their children more often than a couple times a month.

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