Twenty years ago men had difficulty obtaining equal child custody and visitation rights in court because the courts innately favored the mother and her gender roles. While the courts have always claimed that both parents have equal rights in custody cases but that was never actually true or apparent until recently. In the past several years there has been a major shift in the way courts make decisions in child custody cases.
The new and popular trend nowadays if that more and more fathers are being granted custody of their children. You might be asking yourself, what is the reason for this shift? Why are the courts finally started to recognize fathers' rights and award equal custody rights to both parents? The main reason for this perceived shift in custody cases is due to the fact that many more women are joining the work force. This means that there are less and less stay-at-home moms today than there were 20 years ago.
The work force used to be made up of mostly men and this stereotype has drastically changed over the years. This could be because more women feel empowered and independent, or it could due to the fact that many families need two incomes to be financially secure and profitable. With more and more families operating on split incomes, there is bound to be a change in the dynamic of child custody and family law cases.
If you need help seeking child custody or visitation rights, then our New York City firm can help. We are highly adept in custody and family law cases and we can help you work to protect your rights as a parent. Hire an NYC divorce lawyer to help you with your child custody dispute today. Contact H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. for a free initial consultation by calling (646) 770-0989.