2015 is the best year to be a divorced dad

If you're going to get divorced this year, did you know that there has never been a better year to be a divorced dad? Fathers have long felt that the courts are against them in divorce and child custody cases, siding with the mothers unfairly, but many steps have been taken—and new laws have been passed—to keep this from happening. This means that a dad in New York has a more level ground to stand on in court than he has in the past.

Parenting time is now more flexible than ever. It used to be that even parents who "shared" the parenting time really didn't get the same amount of time. The kids stayed in the same house with their mother, and their father saw them on the weekends—often every other one. Now, some parents are leaving the children in the house but then rotating where they live, so fathers and mothers can each have the same amount of time—a week at a time, for instance—with the kids.

One reason that things are now more even is because the different genders share a lot of the same roles. In previous generations, women would rarely work and men always would, which meant that mothers were often given custody and alimony so they could continue in this role. Now, with women working at all-time high rates, both men and women are equal parts workers and caregivers.

Plus, divorces are sometimes done peacefully. Every divorce doesn't have to be angry and bitter, and peaceful negotiations often find the best results.

As fathers' rights change, be sure you always know what rights you have.

Source: The Huffington Post, "3 Reasons Why Being a Divorced Dad In 2015 Is Better Than Ever," accessed July 31, 2015

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