Once upon a time, not all that long ago, the roles of mothers and fathers within the family unit were fairly well established, both by society and by the law. Divorce was far from common; however, it happened often enough for both society and the law to also have established expectations of mother and fathers post-divorce as well. Over the last several decades those well-defined roles have becomes considerably less well defined. Fathers, specifically, have started to take a much more active role in parenting their children, both during a marriage and even after a divorce. Many fathers, however, remain uncertain of their role and their rights. In an effort to change that, a Plano fathers rights lawyer urges fathers to learn what rights they have and to exercise those rights.
The 21st Century Family
Depending on your age, it might be your parents or your grandparents, but not all that far back in your family you will likely find a 20th Century Family. The husband’s job was to go to work every day to support the family while the wife’s job was to maintain the home and raise the children. In the relatively unlikely event of divorce, the mother got custody of the children and the father got visitation rights for a weekend – maybe two – each month. With very rare exceptions, fathers were only awarded custody of the children when the mother was proven to be unfit, and even then fathers accepted that role reluctantly.