Many fathers often feel as though they don’t get enough consideration with child custody cases. Mothers are still often favored when courts divide parenting time. Things are changing, however, as society begins to recognize that many fathers are loving, capable parents. This can be seen in a recent case where a dad was awarded shared custody of his two children. Though his case took considerable time, Alabama fathers can see that it is a sign that things may be changing for the better.

The man wanted equal parenting time for his son and daughter that he shared with his former fiancee. When their relationship ended, the two parents had difficulty compromising on a custody agreement. A court-appointed evaluator said that he was a fully capable and willing parent, but recommended he get 34% of the time with his son and 25% of the time with his daughter. According to the man, there was no explanation for this recommendation.

Laws vary state to state regarding child custody orders and each has its own set of factors used to determine a parent’s ability to provide care for his or her children. The state where this man lives averages 36% parenting time for fathers. The man pursued his case in court and was recently awarded 50-50 parenting time with his children’s mother. Over the next several months, the new parenting time will be implemented with a gradually-changing schedule.

Whenever possible, it is helpful for children to have both parents as part of their lives. Those parents here in Alabama who are unsatisfied with their current child custody agreement or who need one made may want to consult a family law attorney. An attorney can work to find a resolution that best fits a family’s given situation.