The truth is, fathers are often at a disadvantage when trying to win 50-50 custody. Moms have a lot of power in our society, and they use that power to block visitation or even prevent visitation altogether.
If you’re asking yourself why this is, it’s because most people still think of parenting as a female activity. And when it comes to parenting, we tend to think of mothers as the ones who are in charge. But just like many other things in life, there are more options than just taking care of children all day long—and that includes being able to spend time with your kids on an equal footing with their mother or father.
Can dads get 50/50 Child Custody Visitation?
Fathers, you’re in a tough spot when it comes to child custody. Not only do most women try to block visitation as soon as they get pregnant (and sometimes even before they know they’re pregnant), but there are all kinds of laws that favor mothers and make it difficult for fathers to get a fair shake.
But don’t give up hope just yet! There are some things you can do to fight back:
First, make sure that your lawyer knows what you want—and what the law says—about how often parents should see each other. Your lawyer can help you figure out what kind of visitation schedule makes sense for your family and how long it would take for you and your child to adjust.
Second, be prepared for a long battle! If your wife is trying hard to block visitation, don’t give up on fighting for 50-50 custody—you may have been doing this for years without knowing it! If necessary, hire an attorney who specializes in family law.
Finally, remember: no matter what happens with child custody, both of you will always be welcome in each other’s lives. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Are Dads at a Disadvantage to win 50-50 custody?
Dads, you’re awesome. Your kids love you and look up to you, and you deserve to be able to see them as much as mom does. But sometimes, that’s not the case.
When moms file for divorce, they often try to block visitation. But this is where dads can get stuck! If a judge decides that it’s in the best interest of the child if dad doesn’t get equal time with the child—even if dad argues for it—the judge will likely agree.
That’s why we’ve prepared this handy guide to help you fight for your right to 50-50 custody:
1) Find out how often dads are awarded 50/50 custody in your state. This will help you get an idea of whether or not it’s even possible for father’s rights to be respected by a judge (and if so, how).
2) Talk to other dads who’ve gone through similar situations and ask their advice on what worked best for them. Some fathers have found success by hiring lawyers who specialize in family law; others have found more success simply taking the time to prepare their argument carefully before going into court.
3) If there are events surrounding your divorce that make it difficult or impossible for you and your ex-wife/
Chances of father getting 50/50 custody
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that only about half of marriages in the United States are currently intact. That’s a lot of kids living in single-parent households! And when one parent has custody of a child, it’s often not 50/50.
In fact, according to a 2017 study from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, almost 70 percent of children under 18 live with their mother after divorce or separation (and only about 30 percent live with their father). So what does this mean for fathers? It means they can’t just drop off their kids at school without getting run over by mom.
And it also means that when moms try to block dads from visiting their kids as much as they’d like—or even all together—they’re putting themselves at a disadvantage.
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