Top 10 DadsDivorce Articles Of 2016

New YearIn 2016, DadsDivorce posted hundreds of articles and videos filled with tips and pointers to help you navigate life as a divorced father.

Year-round, dads can visit the site and find new and interesting content. We’ve shared numerous articles from divorce attorneys explaining the intricacies of family law. We’ve visited with divorce coaches about strategies to utilize to overcome the emotional turmoil of divorce. And we’ve even covered how major brands are starting to broach the subject of divorce in their marketing campaigns.  

We understand divorce is not easy to transition through. But our aim is to provide you with resources and information to ensure you are educated about the process and an online community to support you and let you know that you are not alone on this journey.

Here is a look back at the 10 most-read DadsDivorce articles in 2016.

Is Child Support Necessary When Parents Share Custody?

Child support laws can vary greatly depending on the state and jurisdiction.

However, it is common that even if the parents share physical custody of the children, one parent still might be obligated to pay the other parent child support because he or she earns more income than the other parent.

Shared Parenting Movement Continues Gaining Traction

While it is still difficult to pass meaningful legislation, the shared parenting movement continued to gain momentum in 2016 as awareness about the benefits of giving children access to equal access to each parent following divorce also grew.

More organizations and institutions lent support to the movement, including the Catholic Church, and more states considered revising their existing child custody statutes.

Shared Parenting Opposition Not Based On Facts

This article offered a critique of shared parenting opponents, who stand in the way of more substantial and progressive changes to the nation’s child custody laws.

While social science has shown for years that shared parenting is the best arrangement for children following divorce or separation, critics continue to base their arguments on anecdotal examples rather than empirical facts.

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Shared Parenting Legislation?

The most frustrating aspect of the rise of the shared parenting movement is that even as the movement has gained overwhelming support, it still remains difficult to pass actual legislation.

Seventy percent of the public support shared parenting and research clearly shows its benefits, and yet the nation’s child custody laws have been slow to catch up to these trends.

What Unmarried Dads Need To Know To Protect Their Parental Rights

In the U.S., 40 percent of children are born to unmarried parents, but state laws are not very specific about the rights of unmarried fathers.

Unmarried dads must be extremely proactive in establishing paternity if they wish to protect their parental rights and remain involved in their children’s lives.

5 Ways To Fight Parental Alienation Syndrome

It is unfortunately very common for parents to use their children during the course of the divorce. This often manifests itself in the form of parental alienation syndrome.

While it is unclear how common parental alienation is, some studies estimate it occurs in 11-15% of divorces involving kids. It is crucial for fathers to do whatever they can to combat PAS.

4 Tips For Modifying Your Existing Child Custody Order

A change in circumstances, such as a parent moving or a significant adjustment in income, could render a modification of your original child custody order necessary.

This article from Cordell & Cordell family law attorney Ryan R. Bauerle gives an outline for a parent who feels they need to reevaluate their existing custody order.

8 Ways Divorced Dads Can Empower Their Daughters

Gender inequities in the family court system leave many dads feeling like secondary parents after divorce.

However, regardless of the child custody arrangement, the role a father plays in his children’s lives is even more vital following divorce.

Licensed therapist Terry Gaspard shares eight ways divorced dads can lift up and empower their daughters.

5 Things To Know About Child Support Modifications

Many parents find child support modifications so confusing that they end up doing nothing even when their financial circumstances change. This can end up being an extremely costly mistake.

Cordell & Cordell family law attorney Ron Gore gives five general concepts to keep in mind regarding child support modifications.

The 8 Symptoms Of Parental Alienation

In 1985, Dr. Richard Gardner developed eight criteria for diagnosing parental alienation. These eight symptoms appear in the child rather than the parents.

Dr. William Bernet, president of the Parental Alienation Study Group, reviews each symptom, which have held up well as indicators of parental alienation.

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