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Fathers still struggle in family courts

California fathers who are granted joint legal custody as part of a divorce order may find that even then, the reality of the situation is that mothers block their access to children. In one man's case, his ex-wife told him she did not have to inform him of the schedule for their child's school functions and doctor's appointments even though he had a court order stating he had the right to attend. Fathers who do manage to get to these types of meetings may find that their input is shunted aside in favor of the mother's.

Mothers still tend to be granted primary physical custody more often than fathers. The stereotype persists that divorced fathers are unfaithful, lazy or abusive, and this hurts good fathers who want to continue building a lifelong relationship with their children.

Fathers may also face a struggle to get time with their children under special circumstances. Some fathers asked that their children be allowed to take part in their weddings, but the children were not even allowed to attend. Special considerations for Father's Day were also not granted by mothers in some cases thanks to legal loopholes.

Fathers may face an uphill battle in getting equal treatment in family court, but the situation has improved compared to the past. There are also things fathers can do to try to demonstrate their commitment to parenting their children. For example, turning up at as many of the child's events as possible demonstrates their active participation in their children's lives. Fathers can also make an effort to cooperate with mothers during the divorce proceedings and work with a family law attorney to create a detailed parenting plan that includes provisions for conflict resolution.

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