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How custody affects fathers

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2021 | Family Law |

A well-known clinical psychologist has studied divorced families for years. He has found that when divorced parents start doing their research and taking a more informed approach to parenting, the results are positive for the entire family. If both parents were better caretakers to the children than they were spouses, it stands to reason that both parties will flourish in a co-parenting arrangement since they are no longer emotionally drained from marital issues. If you’re a Kentucky parent facing divorce, learning more about family law and the role you can play in your children’s lives could make you a better parent, particularly if you’re a father.

The benefits of divorce

There are some benefits to divorce even though the process can be stressful and emotionally taxing. Once a divorce is final, some individuals find that they are happier and relieved which can make them better parents. Divorced couples may also need less family law intervention and could work together to share the ups and downs that come with raising children. Fathers often report that it is easier for them to make practical parenting decisions without their ex questioning their choices.

Improving parenting skills

Becoming a better parent is often a result of hands-on learning, which is why family law judges often prefer that parents share joint custody of the children. Fathers tend to have a more multifaceted parenting experience after divorce since dads are usually able to do more executive parenting. This includes tasks like preparing meals and planning social and academic activities for the children. When dads are spending more one-on-one time with their children, they can no longer depend on their partners to emotionally nurture the children. This means dads gain more experience with comforting their children and having in-depth conversations that can make fathers more comfortable in the parenting role.