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Paternal rights matter to Atlanta fathers

Over the last 100 years, divorce patterns have drastically changed in America. With the national divorce rate at 50 percent, many Atlanta residents have gone through the often somber process of divorce. Perhaps one of the most daunting statistics to emerge is that 15 percent of all US women are divorced, compared to the early 1920s, where less than one percent of the female population were divorced. With the divorce rate on the rise, women are also the majority who file for divorce. In fact, women file more than two-thirds of all divorces. In today's society, many men have felt that they got the short end of the divorce stick, especially when it comes to child custody.

Traditionally, women were usually granted full custody of the children, receiving child support and spousal maintenance. But in today's times, more and more woman are entering the workforce, earning a living without the aid of a man. But still, many men will argue that the courts are not reflecting this in court, continuing to award custody and parental rights to the mother.

Children are often the most important aspects to both a father and mother's life. Most parents will do whatever it takes to earn custody of their children. In the state of Georgia, most judges will typically rule on what is in the best interest of a child. Severing ties with one parent by awarding full custody to the other can sometimes be detrimental to the child. Generally, some form of joint custody is typically awarded in court.

There are still many Atlanta dads who feel that their paternal rights have been violated in family law court. For those individuals in need of legal assistance, an attorney may provide additional resources and help.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorced Women In America On The Rise, According To New Research," July 22, 2013

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