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Joint custody may be better for the kids

Though the U.S. is a progressive nation, many people in Louisiana still believe that parts of the divorce process are still biased. Some say these biases -- if they are apparent -- often fall in the favor of the woman, particularly in regards to child custody. This leaves many fathers feeling slighted and incapable of giving their children the love that they may want to. Though there are some instances where fathers are not interested in raising their kids, this is certainly not the case in all situations where the mother is given full custody.

To alleviate this alleged inequality, many are suggesting that judges give parents a joint custody ruling. This means that both parents possess custody over their children and that they have to work together to raise them. Of course, some former couples are better at this than others as many ex-spouses hold grudges against the person that they recently participated with in a divorce. But as long as these individuals keep the kids in mind, they may be able to hash out a solid parenting plan that is suitable for the kids as well as the divorced parents.

The idea behind joint custody and parenting plans is to give children as stable a family as possible. Many experts worry that divorce is causing children to become anxious, nervous, depressed or stressed about life. If this is true, it could affect the way their emotions develop and may even cause issues with school work and friends. By using a parenting plan, some families may be able to stick together and give the child what some experts call a "complete" life.

But this is seems to be hard for some former couples to go through with, and many parents -- not just men -- are slighted by custody determinations. If you believe that your custody determination was improper, contact a lawyer to see what she or he can do to help.

Source: The Star Online, "Equal rights for child custody fathers," April 16, 2013

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