New parameters for child custody

On behalf of Lake Toback Attorneys

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report that indicated about 70.5 percent of mothers are working. In addition, almost 30 percent of married, working women bring in more money to their home than their spouses. While these changes can be positive in some cases, in the event of a divorce, they can affect alimony payments and child custody decisions for parents in Illinois and across the nation.

Historically, the courts awarded the children to the mother, and the father provided alimony and child support. However, the courts are thinking twice before they routinely hand over the care of a child to a woman just because of her gender. Many women are organizing their child’s schedule and managing the home while also holding down a career. Even so, the courts will consider granting a father custody and might even order spousal support for a father who stays at home with the children even if he isn’t in charge of caring for them.

A mother who loses her children in court could feel like she is being punished because she doesn’t stay at home. Many women seem to find their identity through their families and children while men still look to their jobs to find their identity. If a woman doesn’t get full custody of her children, society might wonder why.

According to one family lawyer, women can do several things that will help them if they divorce. They should try to stay out of court. They should attempt to cut back on work hours and spend more time with their kids. They should keep in contact with teachers and doctors so that they have outside confirmation of their involvement.

One of the most important considerations during a divorce is child custody. A family attorney might be able to help parents negotiate an amiable arrangement.

Source: Huffington Post, “Child Custody and the Working Mom“, Lisa Helfend Meyer, June 01, 2013

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