Some fathers are taking their obligation as a divorce parent to a whole new level and battling to not only have equal child custody, but primary custody of their children.
In the past, a stereotypical divorce in the U.S. consisted of the mother having primary custody of the children. The reasoning behind this quite possibly may be because past stereotypes show a mother at home with her children, while the father is out working for the family. This heavily weighted stereotype represented the mother as the “better suited” parent.
Now that both parents are, in most cases, predominant figures in the work place, some question, how do you base parenting skills on gender? An increase in the number of fathers demanding an equal child custody right has recently sparked in the eyes of lawyers in the U.S. The quest for “equal rights” are two words that we Americans have become very familiar with. This drastic shift in interest to become involved fathers could very well be linked to changes made in favor of equality for women in the workplace.