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Shared parenting approach gaining steam

In Florida and around the United States, the shared parenting movement is an approach to child custody determinations that is being promoted by many groups. Shared parenting focuses on the idea that it is in the best interests of children for their divorced parents to share time and responsibilities as equally as possible.

Traditionally, fathers have faced an uphill battle in family law courts, due to gender stereotypes and legislation in some states that favored mothers. Courts have generally favored one parent over another when it comes to custody decisions, usually granting sole custody to the mother and granting fathers limited visitation rights and ordering them to pay child support. According to census data, around 83 percent of custodial parents are mothers. Shared parenting suggests a different approach is better for the children and for encouraging parents to work together. The idea is to create a plan that allows parents to share joint responsibilities and focuses on the best interests of the children rather than pitting one parent against another in a fight for sole custody.

Fathers' rights advocacy groups have been gaining ground in recent years. Research has shown that children are less stressed when they spend time living with both parents rather than just one. Many states are considering legislation to reflect the idea that shared parenting arrangements are best when it comes to child custody decisions.

For fathers who are involved in custody disputes, an attorney experienced in these issues may be able to assist by advocating for equal parenting time. Judges focus on the best interests of the children when making custody decisions rather than what each parent wants, and a negotiated parenting plan that provides a father with roughly equal access to his child may be able to gain court approval.

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