We Can Help You Understand Your Rights, Responsibilities And Role As A Father After Divorce
We’ve come a long way since the 19th century Tender Years Doctrine. Back then mothers were typically given sole custody of young children after a divorce because it was believed that only mothers could provide the “tender care” that children needed.
At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., we, along with the Ohio courts, recognize that both parents play a crucial role in a child’s development. We work with both mothers and fathers to ensure that they are given the parental space they need to spend quality time with their children after divorce.
Why Do Fathers Need Special Guidance?
Both parents may have questions as to their rights and responsibilities. We have found that, with the role transition in the last decade or so, fathers tend to have more concerns as to what their role will look like after divorce. We have dedicated this page to address some of the more common questions dads have regarding how their role will change.
Do fathers typically get equal parenting time?
Sadly, not in every case. Our culture is evolving to understand the importance of dads in their children’s lives. As we continue to transition, it may be worthwhile to show how instead of weekends and holidays, a 50-50 or a 60-40 split in time with each parent better serves the child’s best interests.
How does a father’s role change after a divorce?
A dad may have to adapt to providing different types of care for his child or children. If the mother typically took care of bath time, story time, meals, play dates and clothes buying, a father may have to now assume these roles when his child or children stay with him. It can be a bit of a learning curve, but not impossible. Most dads are exceedingly willing and able to take on these new responsibilities.
What is the hardest obstacle for fathers?
Every case is different. Some fathers have no problem adjusting to their new role as solo parent. Some dads need guidance and support to ease into full-time parenting. One thing to keep in mind is that the time a parent spends with his or her children is about creating a bond and being a role model. The focus should be on that parent’s relationship with the child, not on what the other parent is doing or not doing. This is perhaps the hardest part of any divorce.
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