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Kids with actively involved dads fare better in life

According to NJ.com, only 10 percent of fathers in the country receive primary custody of their kids, and just 20 percent get joint custody.
 
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    February 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- It can be difficult for a child to grow up without an active father, yet many kids in the U.S. are deprived of this right. In a great deal of cases, it isn't the father's choice to be absent or to be defined as the "back-burner" parent. For decades, mothers in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. have traditionally been given the roles of primary caregiver in divorce and child custody cases, says the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Caring dads may long to spend more time with their kids, but can have their hands tied because of a judge's decision.

According to NJ.com, only 10 percent of fathers in the country receive primary custody of their kids, and just 20 percent get joint custody. Additionally, common terms referring the home of the parent who has more time as the "primary" residence can undermine a dad's importance in his kids' lives. When a child is told it's time to "visit" Dad, he or she can grow up feeling like the father is just someone who gets occasional visits, rather than someone who should have an equally important role as a decision-making parent.

Kids With Involved Fathers Grow Up More Balanced

Both the National Fatherhood Initiative and Psychology Today say there are benefits to children growing up with both parents, even if they don't live in the same household. These can include:
- Better grades.
- Fewer behavioral issues.
- Healthier social and emotional functioning.
- Ability to adjust to parents' divorce and other stressful situations.

On the opposite spectrum, fathers' rights advocates say that kids with absent dads have higher chances of being incarcerated, having problems in school and managing anger and other emotional issues.

Sadly, some dads aren't allowed a chance to parent their children at all, as in the case of a Utah man who unwillingly had his son put up for adoption three years ago. NBC News said that the unmarried parents had planned on raising their son jointly, but the day after the boy was born, the man's ex-girlfriend signed him off to another couple without the young father's consent or knowledge. He has filed a federal lawsuit against her.

A Dedicated Fathers' Rights Attorney Can Help

It's hard on dads who don't get as much parenting time as they'd like, and it's also hard on the kids. It can help to talk to a family law attorney who focuses on preserving the rights of caring dads, as well as the rights of their children to have access to both parents.

Article provided by Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier MBA LLC
Visit us at www.krompierlaw.com



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