In the past, fathers often had a difficult time securing custody rights as courts often gave preference to the mothers. This frequently led to custody agreements that gave dads very little time with their kids and few opportunities to foster strong relationships with them. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore, and California fathers are now more likely to secure more fair and equitable custody and parenting time terms in a divorce.
One reason for this is the way that culture now views gender roles. Additionally, there is a widespread recognition that children fare better when they have the opportunity to maintain strong relationships with both parents after a divorce. Joint custody is more common, and both family courts and parents recognize the importance of minimizing the negative impact that a divorce can have on the youngest members of the family.
It is more likely now that fathers can seek and actually get equitable parenting time concerning their kids. This usually means that parents will share the time that they actually have their children, which is physical custody. It can also mean that parents will share the right to make important decisions for their children, which is legal custody.
Custody is one of the most complex factors in a California divorce. It is not always easy for two parents to come to a reasonable agreement regarding how they will parent their children after the process is final, and fathers may sometimes still have to fight for their parental rights. Except in unique circumstances, it is now easier than ever for caring and loving fathers to maintain an active role in the lives of their kids.