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Family law fairness: supporting the rights of fathers in Arkansas

It seems reasonably unarguable that men have typically faced an uphill battle in the United States historically in their efforts to secure a level playing field in family law matters.

Centrally, that means in the realm of divorce, most especially concerning issues focused on child custody determinations and support arrangements.

That is not to suggest an inherent unfairness in the judicial system and court-ordered processes and rulings that affect both moms and dads. What has been clearly demonstrated through myriad studies, though, is that over many decades high numbers of fathers have been judicially consigned to relatively minor parenting roles.

We make reference on our Arkansas family law website to "weekend dads," a tag that we think aptly describes in many instances fathers who become noncustodial parents and have limited visitation rights to see their children. Many such fathers have been regarded as primarily support providers, with mothers exercising legal and physical custody.

The long-tenured status quo in family law outcomes concerning dads is changing to a degree, though, given the fact that more mothers are working outside the home and more fathers are forcefully insisting on meaningful involvement in their children's lives.

We certainly promote that, believing that in most cases children's best interests are optimally promoted by the close and persistent involvement of both parents in their lives. That belief drives our strong legal support of truly equitable custody arrangements in the divorce process, along with liberal visitation rights for dads who seek them.

We invite readers seeking information about our firm and its advocacy on behalf of fathers who actively seek to play a meaningful post-divorce role in the lives of their kids to visit our Little Rock, Arkansas, Fathers' Rights page.

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