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How men can end up getting a raw deal during divorce

It's incredibly important for fathers to know their rights during the divorce process, especially when children are involved. There are many ways that they can end up with a raw deal otherwise, and they may need to focus on protecting themselves when hammering out the divorce agreement. Below are a few examples of how fathers may lose out, which help illustrate just how important this is.

Child support and child custody are often linked. The idea here is noble: If men aren't going to take care of the children an equal amount, they need to contribute financially to make up for it. However, this sometimes leads women to fight to reduce men's parenting time so that they'll have to pay more. This is a negative financially for the man, and it also hurts his relationship with his child.

In cases where alimony or spousal support is being paid, women will sometimes not remarry so that the ex-husband has to continue paying. One man said that his wife began dating another man and then moved in with him, so he was really supporting her just as if they were married. She still didn't tie the knot, though, so that he'd have to keep paying her every month.

Stereotypes can also play into court rulings, unfortunately. A judge may assume that a mother will be a better parent for a young child than a father, no matter what the evidence suggests. This could make it harder for a father to get custody rights.

If you're facing any of these hurdles in court, be sure you know what legal options you have. Fathers have rights too, and they must be protected.

Source: Good Men Project, "Do Divorced Dads Get a Raw Deal?," Tom Matlack, accessed Oct. 26, 2016

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