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Fathers and Sole Custody

Marriage and parenthood is different today than it was in the past. As women continue to become more involved in the workplace and have more career opportunities, fewer women are choosing to stay home full time with their children. Additionally, child custody divorce is different today than it was in the past, and while mothers used to almost always get custody of their children in child custody battles, it is becoming increasingly common for fathers to be awarded joint custody, or even sole custody, of their children after a divorce.

In modern-day child custody disputes, courts rarely take a parent’s gender into consideration when awarding custody, and instead, make decisions based on what would be in the best interests of a child. If a mother is considered unfit to care for her children, custody of the children is often awarded to the father. For example, if a mother has a mental disability that makes it difficult to care for children, or if a mother has certain criminal offenses on her record, a child’s father will often be given custody.

However, fathers can still receive sole custody of their children even if the children’s mother is capable of raising the children as well. For instance, fathers who have provided more for their children or who have acted as primary caretakers may be awarded custody.

Speak with a San Marcos Divorce Lawyer

If you or a loved one is involved in family law litigation or a divorce case with child support, custody, or visitation issues, and need legal representation, don’t hesitate to contact the Fischer & Van Thiel Family Law Firm of San Marcos at (760) 757-6854 today to get solid legal advice and a professional child custody divorce lawyer consultation.