Dads in Idaho, nationally: a few findings, considerations

By July 3, 2017Child Custody

The simple passage of time over the years has yielded some material changes in the family law realm, with fathers being at the fore of many adjustments.

Here’s one: a greater parental role in many instances for fathers in child custody outcomes.

We note on a relevant page of our website at the Coeur d’Alene law firm of Palmer George & Taylor PLLC one long-time — and seemingly implacable — reality visited upon many fathers in Idaho and nationally, namely, a judicial perception that “favored mothers as a more ‘natural’ choice for raising children.”

Although that view might still persist to a degree in some courtrooms, we properly add on our site that “it has been a long time since the courts actively and openly took such stances.”

In fact, dads stand a much better chance these days of routinely being accorded the fairness and respect they deserve as loving parents involved in family law matters.

That improvement — collectively on display in courtrooms across the country — is an obvious byproduct of evolved judicial thinking.

But it also owes to something else, specifically smart, proactive and persuasively presented legal advocacy provided by a practiced and empathetic family law attorney well attuned to a client’s legal rights and best interests in any matter involving children.

Dads care about child-centric outcomes every bit as much as do the mothers of their children. In fact, a recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that legions of mothers and fathers are virtually identical in the degree to which they view parenting as “extremely important to their identity.”

A common premise these days is that — excepting exceptional circumstances — children’s well-being is best promoted by the regular and ongoing involvement of both parents.

Family law courts recognize that, and seasoned legal advocacy can often help secure that desired outcome.

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