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Kids benefit from having parenting time with both Mom and Dad

Focus on the Family says that children need to have the support of two caring parents, whether they're divorced or still together.
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    January 31, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Kids benefit from having parenting time with both Mom and Dad

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Many divorced fathers will tell you they get the short end of the stick when it comes to child custody. In many states, including Georgia, mothers have traditionally been given custody of the kids for years, says the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Even today, it's rare to find a father who has full custody of his children, and it may even be considered unusual for both parents to share equal custody. The dad is usually given the back burner position as the "other" parent - the one who sees the kids every other weekend and doesn't have much say in their upbringing.

This is, of course, heartbreaking for thousands of devoted fathers who are going through a divorce. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld fathers' parental rights when they have an established relationship with their kids, but we still have a long way to go in order to consistently give dads an equal chance to be involved in their lives.

Both parents are important

Focus on the Family says that children need to have the support of two caring parents, whether they're divorced or still together. Fathers have different parenting styles than mothers, which balance each other out and give kids the advantage of the mother's nurturing and the father's confidence. Kids with both parents actively involved stand a better chance of growing up confident and empathetic, do better in school and develop stronger relationships as adults. When one parent is taken out of the picture, the kids can suffer emotionally as well as cognitively.

Mom gives up son for adoption without dad's consent or knowledge

Unfortunately, many fathers are denied the chance to be in their kids' lives, without any say in the matter. An unmarried man from Utah has filed a federal lawsuit against the mother of his son, who gave the baby up for adoption three years ago, said Yahoo! News. After the couple had broken up during her pregnancy, they had agreed to share custody of the boy; however, the day after the baby was born, the mother gave him away to adoptive parents without the father knowing of her plans. He has never been able to meet his son, and feels anger and sadness over the betrayal.

Whether the man will ultimately be allowed to be a part of his son's life remains to be seen. Some might hope that the case would point to changes in how father's rights are handled in court.

Getting help from an attorney

While some states are giving divorced fathers more of a voice where their children are concerned, many fathers still feel like their fight is an uphill battle. An experienced divorce attorney can ensure dads' rights are represented in court.

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