Instead of increasing the number of families that split parenting time equally, it increased the numbers of fathers with sole custody.
There are a few reasons why the state push for joint parenting is resulting in more single dads.
If fathers are empowered to ask for more parenting time than they’ve had in the past, mothers may be more likely to give up their part of the custody.
These numbers speak to two trends in American family life today: a rising divorce rate over the past half-century, along with the increasing frequency of parents never marrying at all; and the growing societal acceptance of fathers as primary caregivers.
A century ago, this image of men left alone with children was horrifying enough to spur an anti-suffrage movement. How did single fatherhood go from terrifying to increasingly normal? courts would almost always rule “in the best interest of the child” (slang for “in favor of the mother”).
It favored joint legal custody (the parents both have a say in decisions made about the child), but not joint physical custody.
The decision about physical custody was made “in the best interest of the child,” which generally meant that the child lived with one parent or the other (and most often with the mother).
“If you ask a woman what kind of custody deal she wants, she’d probably say that her first preference is for her to get sole custody, her second preference is for the father to get sole custody, and her third preference is joint custody,” said Margaret Brinig, the Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law at the University of Notre Dame and co-author of the Oregon study.
“Most people don’t want to share.”On top of their own personal issues with shared parenting, divorced couples might also worry about how it will affect their children.They don’t ask for more parenting time because they don’t think it’s the norm,” Professor Fabricius said.Since only five percent of child custody cases ever make it to trial, these perceptions of the norm are important.I have to be here.”Today, more men than ever are making the same choice.A Pew Research study published this statistic this summer: 8 percent of households with minor children are now headed by a single father, up from just one percent in 1960.Your role as a father is the most important at this stage in your life. As the kids get to be teenagers, resist the urge to vent to them about your dating life, this should be zero concern of theirs.