If you are involved in a dispute over child custody, you likely have many different concerns on your mind, from a lack of confidence regarding the outcome of the case to anxiety and the well-being of your child. It is important to know that you are not alone and that many parents find themselves in this position. Stay focused on the unique details of your case and do everything in your power to obtain the most optimal outcome.
Unfortunately, some parents give up and do not take the right approach to a custody case because they wrongly believe that they have no options.
How many children have a parent living outside of the home?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 21.9 million children in the U.S. had a non-custodial parent who lived outside of the home during 2018. In fact, this figure represents over one-quarter of all children under the age of 21 in the U.S. Among custodial parents, nearly 50% had child support arrangements, either formal or informal. Moreover, many of the children who had a parent living elsewhere during 2018 were in poverty (roughly 30%). Only 11% of children who had both parents living in the home during 2018.
Are more fathers becoming custodial parents?
The Census Bureau also reports that more fathers have become custodial parents in recent years. In 2018, 20% of custodial parents were fathers, compared to 16% during 1994. This trend highlights the importance of staying positive and standing up for your rights, regardless of whether you are a mother or a father.