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Stay-at-Home Dads are Winning Custody Battles in Florida

For years, it has been assumed that mothers had the upper hand when fighting for custody in Florida courts. One reason was because, traditionally, fathers have worked to provide for the family while mothers have remained at home to take care of the kids. Courts have placed children with the mother while requiring the father to pay child support to make up for lost income in a divorce. 

This blog post will review recent studies that have forced the courts to take a new look at the numbers of men who chose to remain at home, raising children while the mother enters the jobforce.

Men staying at home with children has more than doubled

In the past 25 years, the number of dads staying at home to raise children has doubled. In 2012, this number was nearly 2 million. The U.S. Census Bureau has indicated that this number will continue to rise. It is worth noting that the number took a steep dive in 2015, but this is because the Census Bureau changed its definition to make the definition of stay-at-home dad more narrow. The number has begun to rise again.

Why is it happening for frequently?

There are a number of hypotheses to explain the increase in stay-at-home fathers. Many people cite a challenging job market that forces more fathers to either remain at home or work from home. Other people have indicated that child care is expensive, meaning that fathers are staying at home to save money on daycare costs. Furthermore, more women are working to provide for the family.

Numerous studies have come out indicating that women are earning more college degrees than men. In 2009-2010, women were responsible for 62 percent of newly awarded associate's degrees, 57 percent of newly awarded bachelor's degrees, and even 63 percent of all newly conferred master's degrees. This means that women have an easier time finding work in a challenging job market than men might. Finally, the gender pay gap has been closing with the increased attention. This makes it easier for women to provide for their family since they are earning higher salaries than in decades past.

Several new studies back up the facts: Men are at home raising children

Several organizations have conducted studies to examine the benefits of having a stay-at-home father on the children. A psychology study was published about 10 years ago that demonstrated that fathers who stayed at home had a positive impact on the education of their children. These children were compared to other families who only had the mother heavily involved in child care.

A new study from the Journal of Marriage and Family was released this year, titled "At-Home Father Families in the United States: Gender Ideology, Human Capital, and Unemployment." The study separated groups of fathers who were forced to stay at home due to the job market and those who elected to because of substantial partner income. The study revealed that the number of fathers staying at home by choice is up to 20 percent, from virtually zero during the 1970s and 1990s. Moreover, fathers have shaken the social norm that women are supposed to stay home while the husband goes to work, if able. This means that fathers have been able to stay at home to raise their children.

Ultimately, there are a large number of studies indicating not only that the number of stay-at-home dads is rising, but these numbers are rising by choice and that they provide substantial benefits in raising children. While the government has taken a long time to adjust to these trends, this has had a significant impact on custody battles. For families out there going through a divorce, the process is never easy. The battle is even tougher when children are involved. Fathers shouldn't just surrender all hope of having custody over their children. Courts look to these studies and have seen that fathers have important roles in raising children. They have honored these changes by awarding more custody of children to fathers in recent years than ever before.

Stay-at-home dad's deserve a level playing field in custody disputes

For fathers in the Miami area going through a challenging divorce battle, make sure to hire an experienced attorney who stays up to date on the latest trends in divorce proceedings. Make sure that lawyer knows that more fathers are winning custody battles. When it comes to the well-being of your children, every possible route should be examined. Fathers are developing a new but successful pattern of winning the right to raise their children in court.

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