Taking a look at fatherhood statistics

According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, it was estimated that there were more than 71 million fathers across the country in 2013. Statistics reveal that over 24 million of these fathers were married, while two million were single fathers. From paternity establishment to child custody, there are a variety of legal matters that affect fathers and their children as well. As a result, fathers in Salt Lake City and across Utah could benefit from reviewing fatherhood statistics.

In 2013, statistics show that men accounted for 17 percent of all single custodial parents. During the same year, it is believed that roughly 214,000 men were a stay-at-home dad. Across the nation, millions of fathers play a crucial role in the lives of their children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 23.5 million men who were between the ages of 15 and 44 lived with at least one child between 2006 and 2010. Furthermore, an estimated 7.5 million men lived apart from their adopted or biological child during the same time frame.

When fathers are able to live with their children, statistics show they engage in certain pursuits (such as playing and eating meals) with their children much more often than non-residential fathers. However, some fathers are unable to spend time with their children after a contentious divorce, which underlines the importance of thoroughly preparing for divorce. From visitation to child custody and child support, there are a wide range of legal issues that can have a significant impact on fathers, mothers and children, which underlines the importance of dealing with family law cases properly.

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