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As father's day nears, many dads want to see their children

With father's day right around the corner, a vast majority of Montgomery dads will want to spend father's day with their children. Unfortunately, many dads will not be able to see their children during this special day dedicated just for them due to an unfavorable child custody battle. The whole purpose of father's day is for a dad to spend quality time with his children. Without children, father's day would not be much of a holiday. Many dads have had their fathers' rights diminished because of a divorce. A recent study, however revealed that dads are being awarded at least 50-50 custody of their children.

Traditionally, mothers would usually get primary custody of the children in the aftermath of a divorce because they spent the majority of time at home raising them. Fathers would typically have to pay alimony and child support with limited visitation of the kids. In today's society, it is no longer the norm for that to happen. Most judges will now award some form of joint custody to each parent. With slightly over 70 percent of all US mothers in the workforce, child custody is generally divided 50-50.

In the state of Tennessee, child custody is determined by a set of state guidelines. Most judges follow these guidelines, but can deviate away from them. The guidelines include everything from who was the primary caregiver of the children to the economical status of each parent. In every case, the judge will grant what they feel is in the best interest of the children.

For any Tennessee dad who is worried about their father's rights being in jeopardy, seeking the help of a family law professional may provide some comfort. For just about every parent, children are the most important aspect of their lives.

Source: Huffington Post, "Child Custody and the Working Mom," Lisa Helfend Meyer, June 1, 2013

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