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Dads want more when it comes to child custody

Maryland is one of many states that is looking into changing laws regarding child custody. The simple truth is that, as written, current child custody laws tend to favor giving time and physical custody to mothers. Dads are now asking for more than what they have been given in the past.

More fathers are taking on greater roles as primary caregivers. For some, this is because their significant others are able to secure higher paying jobs; for others, this is because both parents are taking equal roles at home and at work. Regardless of why a dad is taking on a greater role in the home, he should be given the same opportunity should divorce enter the picture and a custody order need to be arranged.

Other states have started passing laws that require the courts to consider shared parenting time as being in the best interests of the affected children. While not all cases qualify for such an arrangement, such as those involving domestic violence or addiction or substance abuse, those that do could certainly benefit from having the courts be required to consider this type of custody. Shared parenting simply allows both parents to take on active roles in their children's lives, which has overall proved to be good for everyone involved.

As of right now, it is unknown as to when or if changes to child custody laws will occur in Maryland. It is something fathers are requesting and lawmakers are certainly considering. Until laws are changed, fathers may have to fight a little harder to get the time with their children that they desire. With the assistance of legal counsel this may be possible.

Source:, "More Time for Dads? States Weigh Changes to Custody Laws", Jen Fifieild, March 27, 2016

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