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Changing perceptions of fatherhood

Some Texas fathers may be among the 52 percent who say they struggle in balancing their family life with their work life. In 2015, Pew Research Center conducted a survey that looked at fathers' attitudes about being a parent and found that while there are fewer fathers who are also the sole breadwinners compared to previous generations, fathers spend more time with their children. In 1970, in nearly half of couples with children, fathers were the main breadwinners. By 2015, that percentage had dropped to just over one-quarter. In 2015, fathers also spent almost three times as much time caring for their children weekly compared to 1965.

Fathers still often not awarded primary custody

Although there have been major advances in gender equality, men in Texas and elsewhere are still not generally being awarded physical custody of their children following a divorce. In fact, the mothers are being awarded physical custody approximately 80 percent of the time.

Nesting as a form of physical custody

When going through a divorce, it is especially important for Texas parents to be mindful of how ending their marriage can impact their children. While changes will occur, there are many ways parents can make the process easier. One option they could consider is a nesting arrangement.

When a parent wants to block virtual visitation

Texas parents who are dealing with custody and visitation after a divorce might want to find out about virtual visitation. Virtual visitation refers to communication between a non-custodial parent and a child through texting, calling or video-conferencing. In fact, as the technology is available, courts have begun to award virtual visitation to parents that live too far away for physical contact.

Fighting a child custody battle

Texas parents who are going through a divorce and who want to win their child custody battle should have a plan of action before going to court. Taking time to learn the child custody laws and having a family law attorney to represent them are part of being fully prepared.

Going through a divorce in Texas when child custody is involved

March is the leading month for divorce filings, according to a University of Washington study. This month, which is right in the thick of the school year, may seem more convenient for parents looking to divorce in Texas. However, waiting until the summer months when school is out may actually be easier for some kids.

Fathers' rights and child custody

In Texas and the rest of the country, biological parents are entitled to pursue child custody or visitation. Whether the parents were married when the child was born is not considered a factor. Judges are obligated to make decisions regarding custody that benefit children the most. The involvement of both parents is typically considered to be beneficial to the child unless there is information that indicates this assumption may not be true.

Preventing child custody disputes during a divorce

Texas parents who are in the midst of a heated divorce may find it difficult to put their children first, especially if emotions are running high. However, it is important that they try to put their differences aside so that their kids can have a happy, stable childhood.