It’s not uncommon in Texas child custody arrangements for fathers to be awarded less time than mothers do. Support for fathers who want equal time with their children is coming from a new advocacy group supported by a wide range of people. One thing many people can agree on is that fathers need to be involved in their children’s lives.
There’s a new group getting lots of attention known as Leading Women for Shared Parenting. This is not an all-male group fighting for equal rights, but is instead a group comprised of only women who believe that parenting should be shared by both parents. They don’t believe just one parent should have primary child custody while the other parent only has visitation rights, often primarily only on weekends and holidays.
While each child custody case is unique and the issues surrounding the case need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, this movement is a welcome sign of hope for fathers who want more time with their children. While some courts seem slow to adopt the ideology of this group’s mission, supporters are optimistic their mission will help create a future with more equitable child custody rights for both parents.
Custody disputes are never easy. Few would disagree that the best interests of the child or children involved are the most important aspect that should be considered in every case. With the help of an experienced child custody professional, agreements can be made for the benefit of the entire family. A split in custody may not be the right solution for all families, but this group’s mission provides hope for parents who want to take on a more active role in their children’s lives.
Source: Star Tribune, “Rosenblum: Divorced dads get big gift from fired-up moms,” Gail Rosenblum, June 8, 2013