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Joint custody and its effects on American families

As divorce rates in the state of Utah and beyond continue to rise, families across the country are deciding for themselves what divorce means to them. Trends and policies are continually shifting to reflect the needs of families facing divorce, and guidelines regarding everything from child custody arrangements to visitation rights are changing as well. That is why it is interesting to note how such shifts are affecting families and the way they approach issues like custody agreements.

Joint custody arrangements are being implemented in more family law court rooms around the country as the benefits of shared parenting time are becoming more widely accepted. The option of granting both parents equal access to their children is being considered in more cases as the conventional practice of awarding sole custody to mothers is beginning to fall out of favor with many. Interestingly, however, there is evidence to suggest that promoting joint custody has also resulted in more cases of single father households.

While there are several factors that may play a role in the increased number of single dads raising their kids of their own, one may be that some families prefer the stability that sole custody arrangements provided to children and parents. Transitioning between two homes can be difficult for kids in some cases, and there are instances where parents would prefer to have less interaction with one another. Beyond that, granting equal parenting time to fathers may result in them accepting more of a role in their kids’ lives and being open to the idea of becoming a full-time caregiver.

A recent study found that there were almost three million single-father households in the U. S. in 2011. In 1960, the number of single dads raising their kids alone stood at approximately 300,000.


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