Fathers' right movement has helped push for positive changes

Sometimes fathers are fearful of the prospect of fighting for custody of their children during a divorce. Such apprehension is easy to understand. For many years, the courts granted sole custody of children to mothers almost by rote. And too often, men were left with unfavorable terms that limited their access to their children.

But back in the 1960's and 70's, as the divorce rate climbed, a movement began to push back against what many men felt was unjust treatment. The fathers' rights movement was spearheaded by individuals who saw injustice in the fact that men were often saddled with large child support payments and alimony while receiving very little in regards to visitation.

Fathers' rights advocates focus on undoing the bias they believe exists in the court system. Specifically, these supporters are proponents of fathers having more time with their children, which can be achieved through such methods as shared parenting. Also of concern is limiting the possibility of interference, which can occur when a child's other parent obstructs a father's access to his child.

Over the years, the status of fathers has definitely improved in the area of family law. But issues still remain. For example, judges can be swayed by false allegations of abuse. This means that a father must still be prepared to make his case for custody or visitation should the circumstances arise.

If you are a father embroiled in a custody dispute, you could likely benefit from having your own advocate who can fight for your rights. A family law attorney can help demonstrate that it is in your child's best interests to have as much time with you as possible.

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