Fathers can face unique issues in divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, August 2, 2012.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, many started to push back against what they considered to be the norm of women being favored by the courts when it came to divorce decisions, like child custody and alimony. At the time many claimed men were routinely being overlooked when it came to family law decisions.

Since then, while many claim prejudices still exist, much has changed. Even the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently reported more mothers are being ordered to pay child support. And, with many women now working — and in some cases earning more than their partners — more men are also receiving alimony payments.

However, due to the perceived discrimination that many claim is still happening, for fathers going through a divorce it is still important for them to have a clear understanding of their rights and sound legal advice when it comes to what to do — or not do — in order to try and avoid complications.

For example, let’s say a father is interested in joint custody of the couple’s children. If this is the case, now would not be the time for that father to move 35 miles away from the child’s school.

Of course, this is just one piece of advice, and an attorney who focuses on fathers’ rights when it comes to family law matters can provide further suggestion that best fits individual circumstances.

Our firm handles issues specific to fathers’ rights. To learn more about our firm, please visit our Missouri divorce page.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Lawyers Carve Out ‘Divorce for Men’ Niche,” Jennifer Smith, July 23, 2012

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