Lawyers can choose who they want to represent and what types of cases they take on. Statistics show that a growing trend among lawyers is the rise of law firms catering specifically to men and the struggles they face as husbands and fathers. Arising out of a real or perceived bias towards women in divorce cases, lawyers across the country are creating a niche that is focused on protecting the interests of male clients and fathers’ rights.
Dads and Divorce
In 2015, approximately 69 percent of children lived with both parents, down from 85 percent in 1970. At the same time, the amount of time married fathers spend caring for their children has more than doubled over the same period. These statistics raise important questions about fathers living outside of the home who want to remain fully-engaged in parenthood. Some lawyers report that their work is about ensuring their male clients are on the same playing field when it comes to divorce matters. According to the most recent child custody census data from 2014, five out of every six custodial parents are mothers. The reasons behind that statistic vary greatly, but it does beg the question: Are divorced fathers receiving a fair share when it comes to child custody cases? Many attorneys specializing in paternal rights say no.
The Importance of Fathers
It goes without saying that fathers provide love and support that is hard to quantify, but research is pointing to the benefits children receive from spending quality time with their fathers. The National Institutes of Health conducted a 10-year study on fathers and divorce. Their research found that children who spend more time with their fathers are more likely to be mentally and physically healthy and less likely to make risky decisions, including experimenting with alcohol or drugs. Fathers wanting primary or shared custody often hesitate to invest time or money in a legal battle they believe they cannot win. Many men assume the legal system is skewed toward women and mothers. Attorneys that advocate for fathers’ rights want this to change and for men to feel confident that their voices are being heard and their children are being protected.
Towson Divorce Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Advocate for Men Facing Divorce
Towson divorce lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC advocate for men and women throughout every stage of the divorce process. We are always available and accessible, keeping you informed of any recent developments regarding your case. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a member of our legal team, call 443-589-0150 or contact us online.
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