When a parent divorces and does not jump into another relationship right away, they must face the difficult task of being a single parent. In years past, courts typically embraced traditional gender roles when assigning custody to newly single parents. Mothers were typically awarded full custody, while fathers were ordered to pay extensive child support and/or alimony. Fortunately, as these gender stereotypes fade into the past, the legal system is also evolving. Now, single fathers are seeking custody more often, and courts are moving away from gender bias—although it still exists.
Fathers often face lower expectations as parents—both in our culture generally, and in custody battles. Mothers are expected to provide for all of the children’s daily needs as a single parent, including working full-time, feeding, clothing, bathing, educating, and providing medical care. When a single father takes it upon himself to be involved with his children, no matter how slight the involvement, he is often praised. Single fathers tend to receive more help from organizations and other parents, because they are perceived as taking on some “extra” responsibility. For a single mother, these duties and responsibilities are expected.
It is in the best interests of the child to have two caring parents. If that means that the mother is the breadwinner, and the father assumes the role of a stay-at-home-dad, then courts will often recognize this. Children tend to fare best when both parents are involved and put the child’s interests ahead of their own.
Towson Child Custody Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Help Fight Gender Bias in Child Custody Arrangements
If you are a parent in need of representation in a divorce or child custody case, the Towson child custody lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC are prepared to represent you. We listen carefully to our clients’ goals and provide zealous representation. Hiring an experienced child custody lawyer can ensure that the family court does not make a custody decision based on gender stereotypes. Let us help you protect your rights and devise a co-parenting plan that serves your child’s best interests. To speak with a member of our team today, call us at 443-589-0150 or complete our online contact form. With offices located in Hunt Valley, Pikesville, and Towson, we serve clients in Baltimore County, Harford County, Carroll County, and Howard County, as well as Catonsville, Essex, Columbia, and Bel Air.