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Father's rights critical to boys' development following Los Angeles divorce

January 28, 2011
By Mitchell A. Jacobs on January 28, 2011 11:04 AM |

The New York Times is reporting that sons of divorce could have a more difficult time coping than daughters.

Our Los Angeles divorce lawyers recently wrote about challenges facing adult children of divorce parents. The more common challenge, of course, is the health and welfare of young children.
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We take reports like this with a grain of salt. Next month, there is likely to be a researcher somewhere who contends daughters are more likely to have a difficult time. The important message to take away from such studies is the need to prepare children for a life in which both parents live separately, lead separate lives, and often remarry.

As we reported recently on our Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer Blog, parents know, intellectually, that they are entering the life of single parents. But operating two households on the same income is like taking a 50 percent pay cut. And arguing about visitation is often pointless as the custodial parent will often look forward to the much-needed break.

An experienced Los Angeles divorce lawyer and child custody attorney will be able to assist you in avoiding many of the common pitfalls that unnecessarily delay a divorce. Conversely, he or she will be able to keep you from rushing a divorce at the expense of costly mistakes that will impact your future well-being. Child support and alimony are just two of the issues that will impact how well you are able to provide for your children going forward, whether you are on the receiving end or the paying end.

This study found that separation from a father, which happens frequently when a mother gets custodial control, could have more of an emotional impact on sons. To that end, the study collaborates what other reports have found, and that is the importance of a father figure or male role model in a child's life.

As we reported last June on our Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer Blog, we understand the importance of protecting a father's rights during a California divorce and child custody case.

The number of non-resident fathers who enjoy relationships with their children continues to rise. In 1976, just 18 percent saw their kids weekly. By 2002, that number had increased to 31 percent. Meanwhile, the number of father's who have no contact with their children continues to decline, from 37 percent to 29 percent.

A father's rights are a critical aspect of divorce. Seeking solid advice at the earliest stage of a child custody case in Los Angeles can go a long way toward protecting your rights and preserving your future relationship with your children.

Los Angeles Divorce Attorney Mitchell A. Jacobs has dedicated his career to representing clients in all divorce, child custody and family law matters. He has been a Board Certified Family Law Specialist since 1986, a distinction obtained by fewer than 1 in 200 California attorneys. Call (310) 472-7979 to discuss your rights.