Father's Rights, Role, and Responsibility to Children in a Divorce

703 Words Jan 7th, 2018 3 Pages
Mothers have been the sole custody default for over 30 years. Typically, if a father never asks for custody, he will never get it. While this is one-sided and not always the ideal scenario, shared custody is still a complex arrangement. Its ultimate success hinges on many factors.
As the paper states, raising kids alone is hard work. Sharing the equal responsibility is appealing and many would argue in the best interest of the children. However, a fallacy lies in the assertion that fathers who do not receive sole or shared custody are unable to fulfill their role as a father. The paper supports this contention by making the argument that fathers are often denied access to child-rearing and that it has a negative impact to the emotional well-being and overall development of the child or children.
While the role of father is a salient component of child and adolescent development, shared custody is not the only means by which fathers can be present. For mothers who are awarded sole custody by the courts, there is typically still a provision for liberal and frequent access, visitation and involvement for fathers. The main exception would be if there father were unfit in some way such as an alcoholic history or abusive tendencies. The point is that a mother's award of sole custody does not mean an immediate and complete exclusion of a father or his active…

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