For decades, people have long assumed that when child custody becomes an issue between the parents of children that the mother enjoys a tremendous advantage. While there is some truth to the fact that more mothers tend to win custody of their children when the issue is contested, recent data released by the United States Census Bureau indicates that the number of single dads raising children in the United States is growing enormously.
According to the data released by the US Census Bureau, approximately 1.7 million men in the United States are single fathers at this time. That is more than four times as many single fathers as the 400,000 that were recorded in 1970. Overall, these single dads are raising more than 3 million children. In addition, almost two-thirds of these single dads are divorced from the mother of their children. Almost one-third of single fathers were never married, and the remaining percentage represents widowers.
While these numbers could represent tremendous progress for fathers that may be facing a child custody battle with the mother of their children, one should also consider the fact that despite all of these numerical gains, only 15 percent of all single parents in the United States are men. Clearly, this is a distinct minority despite the gains that have been made in recent generations.
San Diego Child Custody Lawyers
While the numbers presented by the US Census Bureau are encouraging, the overall numbers could remain daunting to any father who faces the prospect of fighting for the custody of his children. However, every father should understand that the historic ‘norms’ regarding the awarding of child custody are changing, even if that change is occurring slowly.
If you are facing the possibility of fighting for the custody of your children, you need to seek and obtain the immediate help of San Diego child custody lawyers who have been fighting successfully on behalf of fathers for many years. Doing so could make all the difference in the result of the matter depending on the specifics of your situation. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.