Dating a single dad with sole custody
If fathers are empowered to ask for more parenting time than they’ve had in the past, mothers may be more likely to give up their part of the custody.
With the courts putting more faith in single fathers, Malliet thinks the next big hurdle will be those fathers having faith in themselves.
It empowers fathers to ask for more, and believe they deserve it.
William Fabricius, Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and chair of Arizona’s committee on child custody statutes, says that most men want to share parenting time equally, but assume courts have a strong maternal bias.
This represents a nine-fold increase, from fewer than 300,000 households in 1960 to more than 2.6 million in 2011.
In contrast, the number of single-mother households increased four-fold during that time period, from 1.9 million in 1960 to 8.6 million in 2011.
“Most people don’t want to share.”On top of their own personal issues with shared parenting, divorced couples might also worry about how it will affect their children.They don’t want their kids to feel confused or disoriented when they pack up and move to a different house every week.These hesitations create an interesting paradox: legislation that supports joint physical custody is actually promoting single fatherhood.After the new legislation, Oregon courts defaulted to joint parenting, encouraging the child to spend half her time with dad, and half her time with mom.But this new law didn’t turn out the way legislators expected.