Mr. Cordell explained that the legislation, which has passed the House and is going before the Senate, would help level the playing field for fathers who have historically faced unfair stereotypes during custody disputes.
“The custody rules are a big source of conflict in divorce courts and after (divorce) in terms of dads’ access to the children,” Mr. Cordell said. “Historically, Mom always got her money. Money was assisted by numerous agencies and whatnot. They came to the assistance of Mom to make sure she got the financial resources she was promised. Meanwhile, Dad was left out in the cold when it came to access to his children, his participation in their lives, etc.”
Mr. Cordell also discussed how social science research has clearly demonstrated how shared parenting benefits families.
“We know that kids who have dads involved after divorce are less likely to drop out of high school,” Mr. Cordell said. “They’re less inclined to engage in any sort of violent crime. They tend to have better psychological health in adulthood. There’s just numerous studies that support this.”
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