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Fathers' rights advocates push for changes in child custody laws

Most couples facing divorce and child custody issues never see the inside of a courtroom, electing to settle a custody dispute outside of the judicial system. However, many divorcing couples cannot reach a fair agreement on their own. When this happens, it usually falls to the courts to step in and decide the matter.

Fathers' rights groups and even some lawyers are pushing for a change in how judges make child custody decisions, advocating for more joint custody decisions awards. They believe this change would better address the best interests of the child while keeping parental needs in mind as well.

Breaking decades of tradition can be a difficult concept to push through in terms of custodial issues, but more and more fathers want to share in the custody and upbringing of their children. Courtrooms across America are gradually accepting this trend, but the head of the National Parents Organization believes there is a lot more work to be done. He believes there are plenty of good fathers still aren't getting a fair shake in custody decisions. He also states that in cases with no domestic violence, the best legislation favors a joint custody decision.

Lawmakers in some states have already put measures into place that favor a more equal approach to legal, joint and physical custody. Other states are looking into task forces to study custody issues, and others still have introduced legislation for child custody modification.

In keeping with more a modern era, courts are becoming much more willing to grant equal custody to both parents, but representation by a qualified attorney child custody can boost the odds for any parent seeking a fair custody arrangement. When it comes to determining the legal custody and visitation decisions that keeps the best interests of the child at the forefront, it makes sense to leave no avenue unexplored and no stone unturned.

Source: North Country Public Radio, "Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids?" Jennifer Ludden, Feb. 26, 2014

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