The Role of Fathers in Family Law Issues in California

By |2022-10-07T09:41:31+00:0031 Dec 2013|Categories: Child Support, Custody, Family Law|

In the event of a divorce, dads often end up being a non-custodial parent, while moms are awarded child custody. This might not be surprising because many states had a principle called Tender Years Doctrine. This principle automatically awarded child custody to the mother, particularly if the divorce involves a younger child. The Tender Years Doctrine routinely considered fathers as the financially supporting parent as well.

However, fathers now have the same parenting rights as the mothers since many states discouraged gender preferences in divorce and custody laws. Most states also enact statutes that encourage equal parenting time for parents in a divorce. Even if the state does not enact equal parenting statutes, there is legislation and proposals that impact the ruling of many judges. Some judges also consider both parents on an equal basis. The newest crop of judges can considerably accept the new definition of family together with father’s rights.

With equal parenting, there is a possibility that fathers may obtain a lower child support obligation for their children.

Although the definition of a family changes over time, fathers, whether they are divorced or unmarried, have equal opportunities when it comes to the family law issues impacting their children. These issues may include child custody and child support. Both parents should be aware of any changes in the law that may affect their family law situation.

Source: Huntington News, “Dads and Divorce: You’re More Than Just a Wallet” Howard Iken, Dec. 23, 2013

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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