In the not so distant past, when a couple got divorced the typical custody and visitation arrangement was for the kids to live with mom and see dad every other weekend. This type of schedule meant kids were growing up without their dads playing an active role in their lives. But, times have changed. More and more often a divorcing couple shares custody equally, or fathers are taking more time with their kids. This change is important, because it gives the kids a chance to continue to build a strong relationship with both parents. Even so, issues regarding visitation frequently arise, and some dads are still absent in their kids’ lives.
An organization focused on promoting the welfare and health of children has worked hard to identify why the role of dads post-divorce all too often takes a backseat. Some of the findings include the following:
- When a dad is struggling financially, maybe even skipping child support payments, may experience feelings of inadequacy and believe they have not earned time with their kids.
- In other instances where the father isn’t paying support, they are kept from their children by their ex-spouse as a form of punishment.
- Some mothers want a clean break after the divorce, and this includes not wanting to feel dependent on their ex for financial support. When this feeling bleeds into issues of child support, a dad can feel unnecessary and stay away as a result of these feelings.
Regardless of whether child support payments are being made, a father has the right to visitation with his children. Keep in mind that a dad offers more than just money, dads offer emotional support to their kids as well. If you have questions about the role of dads after the divorce ends, call our office to speak with a knowledgeable family law professional. We can offer advice that works for your family, and help to protect your children’s best interests.
For more information about the role of dads post-divorce, call us today. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call The Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.