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 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.